The China you thought you knew has changed beyond recognition. When in one of the primary cities today you might feel that you are driving in a major city of the U.S.
Auto sales have boomed (more autos sold in China in 2013 than in the U.S.), sky scrapers taller than the Empire State Building, more millionaires than in any other Country except the U.S. One traveler in China recently remarked, “China has built in twenty years what took us a 100.”
The very name is romantic...mystical, it’s a dream that still resonates within the minds of many in the ‘lower 48’ as the rest of the U.S. is known up here. Even though it is a cherished dream of many, living in Alaska's 'outback' is a tough thing to do. We'll visit some of those remote, out of the way places, to see unusual life styles set among the scenic grandeur of this largest state, as well as some of the most captivating wildlife footage of grizzlies, moose, arctic fox and many others.
The very name is romantic...mystical, it’s a dream that still resonates within the minds of many in the ‘lower 48’ as the rest of the U.S. is known up here. Even though it is a cherished dream of many, living in Alaska's ‘outback’ is a tough thing to do. We'll visit some of those remote, out of the way places, to see unusual life styles set among the scenic grandeur of this largest state.
When standing in El Paso, Texas, you’re closer to Los Angeles than to Texarkana on the other side of the state. The second largest canyon in the U.S., Palo Duro, is found here, a fact not well known, even in Texas. Football is the state religion, oil is the life blood, agriculture and cattle are the foundation. NASA, the Big Thicket, a technological Silicone Valley around Austin, the capitol, all-fascinating in and of themselves. At dusk 20 million bats emerge from Braken Cave near San Antonio every night to feed on 250 tons of insects! Texas has even become an important wine producing state! The well known and the little known converge to keep a viewer engrossed and entranced.
In Central America, ancient Mayan rituals are still practiced, cowboys rope and brand cattle, scuba divers explore the world’s second largest barrier reef, Mennonites still live in the Ninteenth Century. Beneath the jungle, thousands of ruins reveal that an extensive civilization flourished here at the same time as Roman and Egyptian civilizations were growing powerful. The Maya are still here, still flourishing... a diversity of life reaching far beyond the jungle.
Three of our films on the wildlife of Yellowstone, which have collected 22 awards and prizes between them, have been reformatted for inclusion in one DVD, the Wildlife of Yellowstone. The original titles include Song Dog about coyotes in the park, Elk of the Northern Herd, and Trumpeter Blues, a life history of the trumpeter swan in Yellowstone.
Worlds of the Maya explores Belize and Guatemala, two of the countries that hold sites of great a classical Mayan past. They also are home to much of the Maya culture of today. a little known culture that has struggled through decades of challenge. It is a culture that has produced a calendar more accurate than the calendar we use (It lasted 5000 years), discovered how to make rubber 1500 years ago, and could use the concept of zero in their system of math 700 years before the Romans could grapple with that idea.
Alaska is full of surprises, flamboyance, astounding scenery, intimate portraits of wild creatures at their own work, a tossed salad of people in cities, villages and isolated outposts. The wild creatures still survive... and thrive in lonely, secluded places... along with the human characters that still infuse this place with adventure. All in the surroundings of unsurpassed natural beauty.
Otters are so proficient at capturing the fish they live on, that they have lots of time left over for play. And they seem to play with reckless abandon, sliding down steep canyons in deep snow, swimming under the ice in Yellowstone Lake. They submerge us into the lake to find strange underwater spires only recently discovered by man. Other creatures sometimes survive bitter winter seasons by stealing fish from the otter. Actually, they're pretty good at defending themselves, and this program catches some astonishing action between them, and coyotes, eagles, beaver, and even an occasional grizzly bear.
Yellowstone was set aside as our nation's first national park because of its unusual geographic features: Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Lower Falls and the geysers. We have captured unusual wildlife behavior throughout the four seasons. A male grizzly threatens young cubs, a coyote steals fish from an otter, an elk herd migrates in deep snow, a grizzly pursues an elk calf in a life or death chase. Shown on PBS and The Discovery Channel.
The country of Ireland has many stories to tell.... and some of them are true! There is no better place on earth about which to spin the tales of past and present, than this wild, woolly island off the coast of Europe. We venture around this magic Island to experience some of the splendors it possesses. And in the process meet Giants, Geniuses, Castles, Coffin Ships, Saints, Spirits and a whole lot more.
Irish Stories & Glories is a sequel to Celtic Myths and Splendors. This film too, covers the entire Island of Ireland, including Northern Ireland, meeting the people, discovering the places, exploring the culture. The past is examined in a sequence on the Irish Famine, contrasted by the present, which we find in the less-obvious enclaves of remote spots throughout the country. But we also visit the major cities ...Dublin and Belfast, and several fascinating towns along the way. Irish Stories & Glories is a refreshing overview with captivating new stories about a country you only thought you knew.
A mile deep, approximately ten miles wide, the Grand Canyon displays an immensity and grandeur that you will feel in this film. The canyon is more than a chasm, it's full of life... mule deer, desert bighorn, coyotes, mountain lions, desert tortoise and the rare Kaibab squirrel. A flash flood down a dry stream bed, running the river in a small boat, descending canyon walls by mule, a summer lightning storm and the magical appearance of tadpole shrimp are all here to fascinate and delight. Shown on PBS and The Discovery Channel.
Norway: From the Land of Vikings will cover the entire country from south to Nordcap, the North Cape, the northern-most point in Europe. We will visit all the major cities starting with Oslo - the capital - and the Constitution Day celebration, the biggest holiday in Norway after Christmas. The culture of a most fascinating Nation is highlighted here, as well as the splendor of Norway's scenic granduer.
The filmed sequences depict the joyous abandon that baby animals feel as they learn how to interact with the new world they find themselves in. Some of the antics are sure to bring a smile to even the most urbane of viewers. A Dall lamb falls on his rear as he leaps about in careless exuberance. Coyote pups yank each others’ tails, an antelope fawn races flat out in an explosive burst of energy, and a bison calf charges an old bull in a fit of overconfidence. This new production uses high-definition footage exclusively, and is composed of six parts of about 15 minutes and can be viewed in random order.
A poignantly beautiful retrospection of the 1988 fires of Yellowstone National Park. It explains how and when the fires began, the methods used to fight and control it—the largest firefighting effort in history—and most important, the ongoing process of the Park's rejuvenation. Monitoring the animals and their response to the flames and smoke is also documented. The regeneration of the burned areas is an ongoing process by which Yellowstone cannot be set in time. It remains The Unfinished Song in the continuing persistence of nature.
A sensitive portrait of the magnificent trumpeter swan. Filmed in western Wyoming, this film documents the return of the swan, driven to near extinction in the United States at the turn of the century. As well as facing threats from animal and human predators, they must race for survival with the coming of winter before their young can fly. Witness the struggle of the cygnets (young swans), and follow their flight to escape from the first freeze to migrate through the heartland of America.
The country of Israel is still evolving from the events which have shaped much of mankind for millennia. Many of the stories of the mightiest achievements and destruction of the human spirit were written here, and it seems that new chapters are being added everyday. Experience some of those stories as well as meet today's Israelis in this exploration of the crossroads of three continents... and three major religions.
A return to ancestral roots for an American born filmmaker, and a delightful present to all Americans of European descent. Travel from south to north through this country of crystal glass and the midnight sun. Join cinematographer Dale Johnson in his journey through encounters with the Swedish people in their homeland - the Sami (Laplanders) as they round up their reindeer herds, the farmers as they stack their summer hay and the pretty girls as they dance around the maypole at mid-summer festival. Experience the wildlife, including the lynx, European grizzly, fox and moose as they roam through the lush forests in this supremely beautiful country.
Our continuing journey through the holy lands explores the ancient land now known as Jordan. Sharing a border with Israel, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, Jordan is moving into the 21st century with a 9,000 year old footing in the past. No tour of Jordan would be complete without experiencing this country's amazing array of biblical and historical stories and surprises...especially Petra, an ancient city carved into the sides of mountains in an isolated valley that remained undiscovered until the 1800's.
The Far North has always called to the adventurous. It does today. In 1942, the US and Canadian governments were forced to build an overland route to Alaska - through 1500 miles of road-less wilderness. Watch the building of this highway, travel it in the dusty '50's, and revel in the beauty and wilderness of the highway today. Meet those who live along this road, relive the gold rush of 1898, search for trophy sheep by horseback and fly over Kluane National Park to view its abundant wildlife and thundering glaciers. A must for all travelers of the Alaska Highway.
Exploring Costa Rica - Colors, Creatures and Curiosities is a close-up, hands-on, point-of-view journey throughout this country. From a treetop cable slide to the earth beneath your feet - from meeting the people, the stories, the wonders and wonderful critters - from the Atlantic to the Pacific, North to South, Sandy Mortimer will show you Costa Rica as you have never seen it. A Nation that has an affinity for and strong ties to, the United States.
Canada is a colossal land spanning six time zones. Canada's parks are preserving the beauty and wild power of this land, and this video journey takes us through 21 Canadian parks from east to west. Frenchmen called voyageurs once explored these regions. Now wild creatures unify the parks and make them living refuges. See the natural heart - the true spirit - of Canada's National Parks.
There's more to Louisiana than just New Orleans and Mardi Gras. From the northern "Bible Belt" to the Atchafalaya Swamp in the south, Louisiana invites visitors to revel in its natural wonders. Explore prehistoric Indian mountains, voodoo, haunted plantations and deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana style. Indulge in an in-depth visit with the largest French speaking minority in America, the Cajuns. Join them for festivals, crawfish harvesting, faith healing, hand-fishing and their wonderful customs.
Italy gave us Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci and Galileo. Traditionally a vibrant people, the Italians remain so today. This presentation captures the scope and depth of this country and its people… the industrial surge toward the 21st Century as well as the enclaves of their historic past. The Italian Riviera, Roman Coliseum, The Forum and the Via Veneto at night are all part of our tour as we travel the Appian Way to Benevento and Brindisi on the Adriatic Sea, Venice, Milan, the Dolomites, Herculaneum, Pompeii and Florence. An intimate portrait of Italy and the Italians.
Cooling trade winds… scents of flowers and spice… dazzling white beaches and lapis skies… the islands of the Caribbean seem the epitome of relaxation. Yet, their history was of bloody pirates and wealthy plantations created by the labor of slaves. The ruins of the plantations are still here to explore… along with a myriad of other hidden secrets that open to us. Our tour of 13 islands also includes meeting new Caribbean friends, going to the Saturday market on Grenada, Carnival in Trinidad and snorkeling at Buck Island underwater National Park.
The meeting of a robed horseman at the Great Pyramids of Giza start us on our adventure into 5,000 years of human history. From Cairo with its markets, museums and historical places, to exploring tombs, temples and the people throughout this country, this video will hold your attention. Abu Simbal, Aswan, Luxor, Karnak, Alexandria, the Sinai Peninsula and oases are just part of the tour. Meet the Nubians, Bedouins, Coptic Christians and many others who make up the remarkable Egyptian culture.
From the alpine tundra in the shadow of Mt. McKinley to the broad expanse of the North Slope, this video magnificently portrays winter's icy lock-up to summer's abundant growth. The camera follows migrating caribou, the endangered musk ox, and a rare life and death struggle between a caribou and a grizzly. We also watch a family of wolves hunt for musk ox and the elusive polar bears that roam the North. The truly profound scenery provides a gorgeous background for this Alaskan adventure.
A stunning and wondrous experience of the world of glaciers which continue to sculpt the Alaskan landscape. A concise explanation of how glaciers are formed is supported by the magnificent imagery of thundering icefalls cascading into the sea. Meet the mysterious iceworm, explore ice caves and experience the life of both animal and plant species that follow the receding glaciers.
Return in the spring to the Alaskan tundra along with the wandering birds. The north coast of Alaska is one of the most heavily populated nesting grounds for birds anywhere in the world. What seems a barren land is actually vibrant with life during the brief arctic summer. Migrating caribou, brown lemming, resilient arctic fox and whistling swans mingle in abundance. It is the most productive area in North America for ducks and geese because of its isolation.
This audio CD of Yellowstone's natural sounds has the best wolf and coyote calls ever recorded. The first track of 45 minutes has the natural sounds of Yellowstone through all the seasons. The second track has the same sounds with narration to explain each new animal or location. Our journey begins with the call of wolves over the moonlit landscape and progresses the listener geographically and temporally through Yellowstone Park, from forest to geyser to mudpot to bellowing bison, and from season to season.
A 30-year span of credits, including films for National Geographic, BBC, Nova and NASA, has built a reputation as an exceptional wildlife filmmaker for Dale. Leaving NASA, Dale moved into the wilderness of Alaska and his own production company. Dale's wide range of nature films have been seen on PBS, The Discovery Channel and international television.