Dreaming in Cacti

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I’ve always loved Cacti. I had a chance to see a large collection just outside the town of Cabo San Lucas Mexico at a Cactus Museum. Even their plant class of “succulents” evokes a sense of the exotic. In this video story, I wanted to create a unique, creative diary featuring my interpretation of exotic colours and sound.

One of the most highly evolved species of plants in the world. Unapproachable, yet spectacularly beautiful when in their rare period of bloom.

With few exceptions, the vast majority of cacti in habitat almost always are found growing in mineral based soils.

The bodies of many cacti have become thickened during the course of  evolution. They form water-retentive tissue that is in the optimal shape  of a sphere or cylinder (combining highest possible volume with lowest  possible surface area). By reducing its surface area, the body of the  plant is also protected against excessive sunlight.

The intense psychoactive properties of some Cacti have been used by natives for ceremonial purposes for hundreds of years.

See Cactus like you’ve never seen before! http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-581646



Hey, it’s BACH’s 326th Birthday!

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Wow, he’s old!

Considered by many to be “the greatest composer of all time,” the man, the legend, Johann Sebastian Bach would be 326… that is, IF were still alive today. Which he’s not. So, I guess I can’t criticize his age!

BUT… his music definitely lives on!!

His music has actually reached unparalleled musical career heights! His songs have literally been launched into outer space. Astronauts on the Voyager spacecraft missions brought a selection of his songs with them, as one of the earth’s greatest treasures, saying that it made them proud to be able to show off his talents… to not only the world, but to the universe. So, for all we know, we earthlings may not be the only ones humming those timeless Bach melodies..

So, where did it all begin for Bach?

My Bach video: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-577034

Before he developed into the esteemed composer we all remember him as today, he was a devout student of music and an organist. So, I visited Bach House (known in Germany as Bachhaus) in Eisenach, Germany to learn more about this legend’s beginnings…and I even tried out one of his very special organs.