Category Archives: PIR News

Cold Winter Night in the Hot Tent, Prepare the Gear, Then Climb the Mountain into a Snowstorm

I spent the night out in the field in the hot tent so I could get an early start up the mountain to film the predicted snowstorm.
I was not disappointed. The blizzard hit just as I was making my way to the fields at Villanova. I was able to fly the drone during breaks in the snowstorm. This was my first major hike since by battle with long Covid began two months ago. I felt pretty good during the hike and the whole snowy adventure got my energy up for quite a while but unfortunately I crashed for two days afterwards.
Covid Sucks!
The opening track for the camera gear prep part of the video is cool because of the nature of the editing I got use a genre that is not normally associated with nature and hiking videos, namely ‘trap beat’.

This royalty free music track is called: The Dilemma$id/

The composer is Joel Loopez$id/

The music for the rest of the video is more suited for nature and drone footage with it’s ambient pads and lone piano melody. The great thing about this track is the composer provided an alternate version of the mix the excluded the piano melody which I used at the end of the video to give it an even more ambient effect.

This royalty free track is called: Snowflakes In June

The composer is Ilya Kaplan

Forest Walk in the Rain

We have been pounded by rain for 20 days straight recently here in the mountains of Catalonia. We’ve been living inside a cloud that is constantly dumping water on us.
I went out on a heavy rain day to do some filming just to see if I could and because I was curious what it was like out there with everything drowning in water.
I like how the music from Denis Kotenko helps give the video the dreamlike quality I was going for.

Royalty free track used: Sacrificed$id/

Composed by: Denis Kotenko$id/

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Climbing A Mountain with Insta360

Here is my latest hiking adventure starting deep in the forest valley near the stream known as La Riera de Truitas (trout stream) and making my way up the mountain known as Turo d’Arenys (Sand Hill).
I’m using my insta360 camera and a drone shot at the end to give a wide angle of the top of the mountain.
I like the comical nature of the music I chose for the warped 360 degree shots…

Adventures in the Western Woods…

by Michael Scott Weber…

from Royalty Free Music

Mountain Life: Getting Around In The 4WD Polaris Ranger 1000

Monalia has her own Polaris Ranger 1000 4WD jeep that she tools around the forests in the mountains of Northern Spain where we have been living for just over a year now.
We use the overgrown back roads created by loggers to find hidden gems like waterfalls and secret picnic spots.
It is also useful for going into town on errands and for emergency escape routes should there be a wildfire near where we live.
I did a quick video edit of some of the footage we took while cruising around the other day.

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Music Composer:
Srdjan Milovanovic…

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Tracking The Source of the Stream

Today I hiked up to near the top of the mountain where we live in the National Park in Northern Spain. That is where the main stream that supplies much of the water to our community start. It bubbles up from the ground and begins its journey downhill creating spectacular waterfalls and feeds the springs of the surrounding communities.
We are in a drought this year and most of the other streams have dried up. I wanted to check to see how our main stream is doing and it appears to be still going strong fed by the waters running off the melting glaciers in the Pyrenees.

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One Pulse by Francois Rivollet

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