Currently I'm editing a one-hour TV program - title: AVES DEL AIRE (Birds of the Air) - about "the birds in the bosque." Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, and other areas of the middle Rio Grande Valley, are the winter home for thousands of ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, and other birdies of note. I've been shooting video off and on down there for a few years, and finally decided I had to actually DO something with it. It'll be a combination of lots of bird shots, thoughts and meditations on the birds and "the wild" in general, interesting bits of information from Bosque employees, volunteers from Friends of the Bosque, and even a talking decoy.
The Friends, a terrific non-profit outfit that acts in numerous ways to further the Refuge's mission, will be getting a donation for every copy sold.
Hopefully, this will be Part 1 of a 2-part series. Below is a five-minute-plus segment from the program that still awaits music licensing details with Sony to be settled. The music, "Veni Redemptor Gentium," was composed by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. Here it's performed by that master of combining the old with the new - Paul Schwartz, with vocals by Lisbeth Scott. If you're not familiar with him check out his site - www.paulschwartz.com. There are audio samples from all his albums and lots more. Great stuff. Please note that both music and video here are under copyright. Video stock footage of the birds is available - e-mail for details.
Also we have a 1:40 segment below the Paul Schwartz piece titled "Ducks n' Coots (Old and Otherwise)", a light bit of fluff so that editors don't start taking themselves too seriously. And below that is "Seeing in Black and White," a "classical" sort of piece (no Kodachrome!).
Veni Redemptor Gentium
Variously translated as "Come, redeemer of the people" - or "Come, redeemer of the gentiles" - or "Come, redeemer of the heathen." The last seems to best fit the times.