Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blossoming Curiosity

My first photograph of Spring. 

There is nothing more intriguing to me than a shot of an animal looking at something. Curiosity is the hallmark sign of intelligence, and when a bird or animal looks at something, trying to understand what it is, I can just imagine the synapses firing inside, "what is this thing?"

Well, my own curiosity is piquing when I look at our premature Spring: "what's going on here?" 

The best summation I've heard so far is that the body loves it but the mind is afraid to contemplate it. 

I see no reason not to link it to global warming. It's impossible to say with certainty, but to suggest otherwise would be foolish. The best analogy I've heard so far comes from a climate scientist who equates it to a baseball player on steroids: if that player hits a home run, you can't say with certainty that it was a result of the drugs (it could have been sheer skill and ability), but it's pretty hard not to think that steroids provided that extra "umph".

The planet is warming, and this Spring is simply outa' the ball park.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pledge Marathon

I realize my blog has been inundated with posts regarding my fundraiser for HOPE HATCHES, making it like those pledge drives on NPR and PBS that keep interrupting programming. And I know you're wondering when the heck it's going to stop and return to pictures of wildlife. Well, we're almost there folks!

In case you hadn't heard, I decided to go with the $10,000 in theoretical pledges we raised during our unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign. That's a sufficient amount of funding to keep the project moving along.

So, I'm asking the people who pledged through Kickstarter to re-donate directly to HorsePower Pictures. That way we can tap the tremendous amount of support we generated without launching another Kickstarter campaign and losing critical production time.

To donate directly to HorsePower Pictures, click HERE and you'll be directed to our new WHEN HOPE HATCHES blog with steps on how you can contribute either by check or PayPal. If you pledged through Kickstarter, you won't be donating twice since your Kickstarter contribution was never withdrawn from your account. Your donation to HorsePower Pictures will be your only contribution.

Thanks so much for your time, patience and hopefully, contribution. I've got some posts coming real soon about the Osprey project. So stay tuned!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The "SOMETHING" in All-Or-Nothing

Well, we did not reach our funding goal with Kickstarter. Which means we didn't receive any money. However, we did generate nearly $10,000 in pledges, which is no chump change! That's still a lot of "virtual" money, and a lot of generated interest and support for the project.

So, the eggs are still incubating and WHEN HOPE HATCHES can still hatch.

One plan is to have an old-fashioned fundraiser and have all those backers simply re-contribute with a check made out to HorsePower Pictures. Many people said they'd be more than willing to do that. In fact, we found a fair percentage of people who just weren't open to the Kickstarter process. Either because they "won't use their credit card online" or they simply couldn't figure it out. 

A lot of good came out of the entire Kickstarter. Hope is alive and well for our doc.

I'll be making a decision any day now, and will notify the public very soon about our plans.

Thank you to everyone who pledged, voiced their support, helped out, and generally believes in the project and my work. I am eternally grateful. Thank you!