Video Shows of Selected Park Events
(Latest update February 24, 2007)

As a supplement to the straight pictorial Web page reports that comprise the bulk of this website, we now post here a few features in the form of video shows with action (think Ken Burns' Civil War series made mainly with still pictures) and music. These tend to be an order of magnitude larger (longer download times) than the straight still photographs, typically about 10 MB to 40 MB per show.  This new feature follows the widespread availability of broadband connections by readers, and large website storage capacity on this site.  To our knowledge, the shows play only on Windows PC machines, not on Unix or Mac operating systems.

Unlike the small-size or low definition movie clips on You Tube and other commercial sites, the videos here are full screen at high definition (1024x768 pixels) because they are created "on the fly" by Photodex software, with high definition still photographs as input.  You must therefore be aware that you are downloading photos that have been integrated into  executable files.  Unfortunately, "exe" files are being used by vicious, pathological criminals and terrorists to spread viruses, so your security software (for example, Norton anti-virus) will alert you to confirm that the file comes from a reliable source.  I can only tell you that Photodex is a reputable software vendor and I'm a sincere supplier of virus-free web-based content, in this case as a docent of the South Yuba River State Park.

To download a show, right click on its link below and select "Save target as ..." from the resulting menu box.  For Firefox browsers, the term is "Save link as..."  Each show is in an executable file created by trusted software (ProShow Gold, made by Photodex Corp.  While a show is running you can use the following "hot keys":

         Space bar           Pause,  Resume

         Page Down          Jump to next slide

         Page Up              Jump to previous slide

         Esc                     Return to opening screen

         Esc                     Exit program

Spring Wildflowers
South Yuba River State Park -- Bridgeport
(Photographs taken during Spring months of 2000 to 2005,
video show posted December 29, 2006)
2000 -- 2006 Herbert E. Lindberg

This show was created in 2005 as part of a six-show group entitled Nevada County Activities -- Book I.   The Victorian Christmas show is also part of this series.  The video here is a feast for eyes and ears as the most beautiful of the wildflowers at Bridgeport fill the screen in vast fields and in zooming close-ups that show untold flower detail and insects having a meal as they pollinate, while music of Debussy and Mozart plays in the background.  You've never experienced wildflowers like this.

Download South Yuba River Wildflowers Show
(44.7 MB,  playing time 13:12 minutes)

Living History Day
South Yuba River State Park -- Bridgeport
(Photographs taken during Spring months of 2003 to 2006,
video show updated and posted January 2, 2007)
2003 - 2007 Herbert E. Lindberg

This video show was originally created in 2005 as part of a six-show group entitled Nevada County Activities -- Book I.   The Spring Wildflowers show listed above is also part of this series.  Living History Day takes place on the last weekend of April, and is one of the most exciting days at the South Yuba River State Park.  Rangers and docents create a celebration of the Gold Rush era at Bridgeport by telling the stories of people who lived here, in first person as costumed characters, and by demonstrating their way of life and work.  This is accompanied by Gold Rush transportation-wagon displays, old-time cars, horse-drawn wagon rides, country music, hot dogs and sno-cones, displays and videos at Visitors Center, and trail hiking at the best time of year.

Download Living History Day Show
(21 MB,  playing time 5:41 minutes)

Download Park Bird Pictures and Calls
(3 MB, Powerpoint presentation of 13 often-seen birds)