I’m a late-adopter of most technologies. Nearly 40 years old before my first camera; last among my friends to give in to email and cell phone. No different in the world of moving pictures. In education, I remember Clay Good’s dictum to his phone-wired highschoolers: stills, but no movies. In his experience, video viewing and making sucked kids into a subjective vortex. When instead, they backed into the ‘old-fashioned’ technology of still photos, a more observant mindset emerged.

That was at least a decade ago. Today (2018), the triumph of selfies has warped our teens’ relationship to stills. In the seesaw-&-wratchet of technology, anything we do too much of is dulling. The trick is to stay fresh—to keep searching for each tool’s noblest use—and to desist from pounding screws with hammers.

I was lured into video by drones—one technology I jumped into rather early. I just knew that watching forests and streams pass below from Raven-strafing level would be mesmerizing. Hard to imagine one could tire of that.

And then there’s motioncams. What a revelation—to learn what critters do when we’re not there!  For me, video is currently a spice. Not the main course, but a tasty complement to more and more of my documentary efforts. Some of the older vimeo-posts linked below are composed strictly of still images, assembled into narrated slideshows, but using pan and zoom for some of the features we associate with “moving pictures.”

Oh yeah, and speaking of the rapidity of technological change, it’s already pretty amusing—that ‘poster’ for my 2015 video below called New technologies for old naturalists. The drone in that photo already looks about as “new” as a Model-T Ford.

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Dipper hunting caddisflies

Hinyiklʼeix̱i, dancer in the water November 18, 2022  I love dippers but have had little luck filming them in their…

2022 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minute video

Natural & cultural history of Asx̱’ée

Exhuming an early slideshow Back in 2011, preparing for a Charter School/Goldbelt Heritage overnight expedition to Methodist Camp,’out-the-road,’ I created…

2010: uploaded 2022 | Richard Carstensen | 16 minute slideshow

Second SEALT-Discovery walk

Traversing the 2014 wetlands conservation parcel On July 16th, about 25 bushwackers assembled in the parking area at end of…

2022 | Richard Carstensen | 11 minute slideshow

Toads are out!

April-28th toading with Discovery staff Last spring, 2021, Discovery Southeast naturalists attended an evening symphony of calling toads on May…

2022 | Richard Carstensen | video 2 minutes

Rockslide snagswamp

Unraveling the origins of a fascinating pond Til’héeni, dog salmon stream (Salmon Creek) is a new addition to featured Áak’w…

2019 | Richard Carstensen | 4-minute slideshow

Spring avalanches

Snowslides and critters Last year around this time I posted video and thoughts about the relationship of critters to avalanches—both…

Downhill disturbance

Avalanche and wildlife It’s hard to think long about mountain goats—especially here on the precipitous coast—without wondering how they deal…

2022 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minute slideshow

Autumn Goatlandia

Rainforest rut Last fall I described elements of rutting season in mountain goats, but did not attempt a comprehensive review.…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 9 minute slideshow

Cusp of summer and fall

Insights from tele-views of Jánwu What an amazing place we live in! From afar, scoping in valley bottom, or up…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minute slideshow

First encounters

Áak’w & T’aakú country in 1794 Back in 2010, when first collaborating with Goldbelt Heritage, I began to mine the…

2011 updated 2021 | Richard Carstensen | 36-minute slideshow

Dust-bath grouse&goats

Hooters & janwú at 80 degrees On an afternoon hike to Granite Basin, got another chance to test the new…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 90 second slideshow

Mid-summer ‘goating’ through a new lens

First tests of Nikon P1000 On July 18th, 2021 Steve Merli, Cathy Pohl and I climbed Shaa Tlaax, moldy top…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minute slideshow

Goatfilming with ‘interplanetary’ zoom

Goatwatcher’s quest for the perfect camera JuneauNature is not a product-review website, but I’ll make an exception, of sorts, for…

Pocket wildlands: forests and ponds of Áak’w Táak

Fifty friends on backloop moraines On a sunny July 17th, 2021, Discovery Southeast and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust hosted…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 8 minute slideshow

Roads of ‘Northeast Chich’

Slideshows: Xunaa Káawu Each summer, I try to get over to Hoonah to help my wife Cathy with her research…

2021: 2019 | Richard Carstensen | Slideshows, 8- & 4 minutes

Roads of Xunaa Káawu

Impacts and opportunities: logging roads of Northeast Chichagof Visits to Hoonah rank among the highlights of my year. Especially so…

Finishing the winter-range story

Mid-May, 2021 Mountain goats are leaving the forested cliffs where they took refuge through much of the winter, and moving…

Final month on goat winter range

Follow-up to the 108-days show Back in April, 2021, Steve Merli and I posted a 12-minute slideshow called 108 days…

2021 | Richard Carstensen & Steve Merli | 9-minute slideshow

Wetlands Month features Mendenhall Wetlands

Frontyard wetlands in StoryMaps Every May is American Wetlands Month, and this year, it’s especially interesting for residents of Áak’w…

American Wetlands Month features Taashuyee

Our frontyard wetlands in StoryMaps For several years I’ve been wanting to dive into ArcGIS StoryMaps, cartography for one and…

2021 | USFWS | ArcGIS StoryMap