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WONDERFUL WASTELANDS - 4k UHD Time-lapse featuring Western USA

#1 jorn-t


In 2017, president Donald Trump announced reductions to two of Utah's - and also USA's - largest mainland National Monuments:

1. Bears Ears National Monument, originally 1,351,849 acres or 5,470.74 km2.
2. Grand Staircase Escalante, originally 1,880,461 acres or 7,610 km2.

February 2nd 2018, the decision to downsize the two national monuments took effect. Bears Ears National Monument was reduced by a devastating 84% to just 201,876 acres, an exceptionally large reduction that is unprecedented in the history of U.S. national monuments.
Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument was effectively reduced to about half its original size, to 1,003,863 acres.

Having visited these beautiful areas of the world several times, I was shocked to know these actions could actually happen in our time.
These protected areas are now being subject to mineral, oil and gas exploration, and earlier habitat protections for endangered species are being rolled back.

Photographed and produced 2014-2019, this 4 minute short film will take you to this remote wilderness of Western USA, mainly in southern Utah, which is now threatened by oil exploration.
You will see monumental mountains, vast and colorful wastelands, remnants from volcanic activity, impressive geological features and eroded layers of rock revealing hundreds of millions of years from Earth's history.

The film builds up to a bit angry, musical climax in the middle, which symbolizes my anger with president Trump's actions regarding those national monuments.
The second half of the film is darker and more gloomy, picturing a post-apocalyptic scenario where animals and plants are non-existent. Machines have taken over the earth.

With regards to my thoughts and concerns about Trump's current warmongering and nuclear policy, and recently withdrawing US from INF nuclear treaty, the second half of this film is also meant to be seen as a strong political statement and a clear message about my opinion on this issue.

If you are a nature lover and care about protecting fragile areas and wildlife habitats,
please share this video, your comments and thoughts on this issue are also most welcome.

Filming locations:

Moonscape Overlook, Utah
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
San Rafael Reef, Utah
North Caineville Mesa, Utah
Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Comb Ridge, Utah
Arches National Park, Utah
Red Rock Canyon State Park, California
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona
Shiprock, New Mexico

The powerful and dynamic music scores used are "The Human Compulsion" and "The March of the Machines" from the album "The Source", used with permission from Arjen Lucassen's Ayreon:

Photographed, edited and produced by Jørn Tømmerås, Trondheim, Norway.
LRTimelapse and Adobe Lightroom used to edit all timelapse clips, Adobe Premiere to put everything together.

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Copyright (2019) Jørn Tømmerås
#2 Dale Davis
Please, everyone, let us not let this forum degrade, like most other forums, to politics. I come to this site for pleasure and to learn about timelapse, not about politics. There are plenty of other sites you can complain about Trump, but let us not start it here. Now, instead of watching and enjoying this video, I will be thinking about this guys's politics. It just isn't the right place for this stuff.

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