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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Can't Sleep? I've Got You Covered - Welcome to Insomniac Theater!

The other night I found myself up entirely too late (I'll admit that wasn't an anomaly) only this time, I really, really needed to go to sleep. I also needed to do some research on Iceland for a book I'm working on, so I fired up Netflix and Amazon Streaming video and started looking through documentaries.

There I found item one on this list, and I sat there transfixed for half an hour, watching the northern lights and just feeling overwhelmingly at peace. It was a great mental break, and I ended up drifting off to sleep and waking with a dozen great ideas bursting in my brain. It made me curious as to whether I could find more documentaries and videos like it, so I went on a search. Here's a list of some that you might want to check out:

Iceland Aurora is a spectacular combination of stunning Icelandic scenery, Aurora Borealis, and haunting music. You can find it on Amazon Streaming Video (free if you have Amazon Prime).

Samsara, was filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, showing us the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. You can find it on Netflix.

Chronos features carefully picked scenes of nature and civilization are viewed at high speed using time-lapse cinematography in an effort to demonstrate the history of various regions. You can find Chronos on Amazon Streaming.

Rivers And Tides is the one movie on this list with some dialogue, but it's minimal and almost irrelevant to the beauty of the film. Rivers And Tides depicts the magical relationship between art and nature through the eyes and emerging artwork of Andy Goldsworthy.  It's available on Amazon Streaming.

And for those of you without Amazon or Netflix access, here's a list of YouTube videos that feature nature and music without narration (some of them last several hours). Here's a sample

Sweet dreams, night owls. Enjoy!

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