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Theatre Promo - The Lake Effect

Theatre production 'trailers' are a little bit challenging because as an editor you don't have any real video 'footage' to work from, so you have to create an impression of the play through music, text, maybe some publicity photos if you're lucky.

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Wild Chickens in Mountain View

I noticed these rough-looking fowl hanging around the Stevens Creek trail entrance in Mountain View today. They must have escaped from someone's backyard nearby.


I wonder how old they are? 
How long have they been fending for themselves?
Will they start a family? 
How long will they be around? 
For now, they're avoiding me, the most immediate threat (in their eyes). 
Cluck-cluck. 
update: @loganbaurinformed me that it's a male and a female, and though it's late in the season to be nesting, it's still possible. Thanks Logan!