Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly Documentary

November 23rd, 2020

Check out this captivating nature documentary about the majestic Monarch Butterfly. There are many more out there, but this is a great place to start your journey of amazement. (NOTE: Low resolution, but High awesome-factor! See HQ version below if outside US)

NOVA/PBS: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Higher Quality Version of same Documentary

(Not viewable in the US and possibly elsewhere. Tested in Mexico.)

NOVA/PBS: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies


PBS (Official Page)

This is Teamwork

As a documentary filmmaker, I've become known as a lone wolf. Working alone has not only saved me financially, it has also afforded me complete, creative control over my process.  But there's downsides to the solo-show as well. For one, it's lonely. Perhaps more significantly, it's limiting aesthetically, as much of the footage needs to be captured by the discipline of repetitive camera placement, annihilating any possibility of authentic, off-the-cuff material.  Enter Lyndsay Nicole.  [right:image:23631]Lyndsay is not just my best friend and partner, she is also a strong and creative paraglider pilot that has generously volunteered her time to support the documentary tasks of the [url=]Fly Monarca Expedition[/url]. Throughout my self-propelled journey, she will travel and work autonomously from Turtle, the Chevy Astrovan, named not only for its color, but speed characteristics as well.  Why the change? It was during the three weeks of post-expedition b-roll that she shot with me after my expedition two years ago that we realized the value of our teamwork. The drone and gimbal-stabilized 4k material she captured then were the meat and potatoes of our [url=]award-winning documentary[/url], '[url=]The Endless Chain[/url]', and inspired us to further our efforts for the Monarca expedition.  [show:image:23908][/] Instead of joining me post-expedition, this time she'll catch it all live! As I leap, and sometimes crawl, forward on this journey, Lyndsay will be there at (almost) every turn; hiking up mountains capturing that 4k gold, then making her way back down before chasing me as I head north.  This is new, this is exciting, this is Teamwork.  Ben  [group:image:23885][/][group:image:23608][group:image:23931][/][group:image:23607][group:image:23641][group:image:23884][group:image:23878][group:image:23629]

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Expedition Gear List

Because I fly and hike with all of my own equipment, I am limited to what I can carry on an expedition like this. As a rule of thumb, everything I carry must be used at least once per day, have at least two uses, and be bomb-proof.  [b]Camping[/b] [right:image:23886]- Big Agnes [url=]Tiger Wall 2[/url] (Carbon) Tent - Big Agnes [url=]Starfire 20[/url] Down Sleeping Bag - Big Agnes [url=]Insulated AXL Air[/url] Sleeping Pad - Goal Zero [url=]Crush Light[/url] - Jet Boil Stove, Pot and Fuel - MSR 3L Hydromdary Water Bladder - MSR 10L Dromdary Water Bladder - USB Headlamp - 10L Drysack  [b]Camera & Electronics[/b] [right:image:23808][/]- Goal Zero [url=]Nomad 7+[/url] Solar Panel x 2 - Goal Zero [url=]Flip 30[/url] Power Bank - Garmin [url=]VIRB 360[/url] Camera - Sony RX100IV Camera - GoPro Hero 8, 7 & 4 - Gimbal for GoPro - Tabletop Tripod - 3-way Selfie Stick - Co-pilot GoPro Mount - Zoom H1 Audio Recorder - Lavalier Microphone - USB Cables - Battery Chargers - Extra Batteries  [show:image:23625][b]Navigation & Communication[/b] - Garmin [url=]InReach Explorer SE+[/url] Satellite Messenger - Garmin [url=]Fenix 6S Pro Solar[/url] GPS Watch - Smart Phone (Samsung Galaxy S7)   [b]Paragliding[/b] [right:image:23896]- Ozone [url=]Alpina 3[/url] Paraglider - Ozone [url=]Ozium 2[/url] Harness - High Adventure [url=]Beamer 3 Lite[/url] Steerable Reserve Parachute - Ozone [url=]Saucisse Light[/url] Concertina Bag - Ozone [url=]X-Alps[/url] Backpack - Helmet  [b]Clothing[/b] [right:image:23904]- Big Agnes [url=]Soda Peak[/url] Down Jacket - Athletic Long-sleeve Shirt - Prana Pants - Hiking Boots - Sunhat - Sunglasses - Work gloves - Down mittens - Athletic Tights - Athletic Underwear - Compression Socks x 2 - Merino Thermal Underwear  [b]Food[/b] (Typical 14-day Ration) [right:image:23791]- Instant Ramen Noodles (7 x 100g) - Instant Mashed Potatoes (7 x 100g) - Peanut Butter 3 kg (6 x 500g ziplocks) - Coffee (250g)  [b]Misc[/b] - Banjo - First Aid Kit - General Repair Kit - Extra Ziplock Bags - Canadian Passport - Cash & Debit/Credit Card - Toothbrush & Paste - American Flag  [group:image:23713][group:image:23825][group:image:23831][group:image:23796][group:image:23802][group:image:23797][group:image:23801][group:image:23799]

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The Boy Who Flies

Adventuring into the heart of Africa, a paraglider instigates a young man's potentially deadly quest to release the weight of poverty, social taboos and self doubt, and take to the skies. In doing so, the traveler is confronted with unsettling truths about his own racial and cultural identity.

In a country where no one flies, two friends can inspire a nation by putting everything on the line.

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A Canadian Dream

Fly along as Benjamin Jordan sets a new World Distance Record (10,000 km) as he crosses Canada by Powered Paraglider. Along the way, you will land at summer camps and inspire thousands of children, while raising funds to send less fortunate ones to summer camp next year! The 71 minute, Documentary Feature contains 15 chapters chronicling the epic successes and failures of this unprecedented journey. Each chapter focuses on a unique aspect of Canadian geography, culture and the exact mix of team-work and blind optimism required to pull off such a daring stunt. Since it's release in 2010, A Canadian Dream (formerly "DREAM") has screened in theatres world-wide and, through it's proceeds, has allowed almost 100 children, from low-income homes, the opportunity to attend summer camp.

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