If you're anything like me, the thought of a National Park Service-commissioned film called Tides Of Change makes you wanna take a nap. But you'll be pleasantly surprised: It's actually a beautifully shot, info-stuffed little production that follows park ecologist Steve Fradkin as he monitors climate change impacts up and down Olympic National Park's wild-as-wind coast.
It even has a rad soundtrack courtesy of Junip, acousti-star Jose Gonzalez's full-band side project. You can watch the whole not-quite-14-minute film here:
The film does a great job of capturing the park's signature coastal features: tidepools choked with Skittle-colored invertebrates, giant trees wreathed in fog, seastacks crumbling into the sea -- y'know, grade-A nature porn. But it does a rarer thing in humanizing climate scientist Fradkin. Sure, we see him dipping mechanical doo-dads into waves and measuring out biodiversity plotting grids -- but we also spend time at his house where he hosts an intertidal research crew party thick with grilled salmon, cocktails, and plenty of kids and dogs running around. (If you haven't ever wanted to be a medium-chill ecologist before: 1) What is wrong with you? 2) Now you will.)