One of the beauties of time-lapse video is being able to condense a long journey into a short amount of time, like in the case of this unique 113-day kayaking adventure from the headwaters of the Colorado River Basin to the Gulf of California. The video entitled “Mirror River” covers 1,700 miles in about three minutes. You definitely get a sense of the spectacular scenery down the Green and Colorado rivers. Take the ride yourself:
Zak Podmore and Will Stauffer-Norris started in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming in October 2011 and finished in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, in January 2012.
In between, they paddled the Upper Green River (Wyoming), Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Wyoming), Canyon of Ladore (Colorado), Desolation Canyon (Utah), Canyonlands (Utah), Lake Powell (Utah), Grand Canyon (Arizona), Lake Mead (Nevada), Needles (California), Yuma (Arizona), Irrigation Canals (Mexico), and Colorado River Delta (Mexico).
Based on their journey, the kayakers produced a 45-minute conservation documentary last year called “Source to Sea,” and posted the trip in time lapse on Vimeo just a few days ago.
“Have you ever seen an entire river?” Stauffer-Norris asked.
Well, now you have.