SEVEN CIRCUMSTANCES

Book Reviews & Essays on Literature

Streaming media from a geographical area

Re-directed from: Experiential content on the Internet

A while back I discovered the high-quality live cams in one of my favourite places in the world, the Austrian ski resort of Fiss. They have eight live cams at various spots around the huge ski area of Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis in the south-eastern Tirol. In winter, I saw the snow white-out the lenses of the cameras, the flakes clinging as the cameras moved and zoomed. I saw the tiny black figures of the skiers, like swarms of ants, make their way down the slopes. Then the snow changed to sleet, and then to rain, and one day, the cameras switched from the slopes to the valley, and the green grass took over.

Winter

It’s one thing to know seasons change. It’s another thing to see the slow transformation thousands of miles away in another country. From Alpenglühn on the white-ridged peaks we went to pastel sunsets and sunrises, and kaleidoscopes of sunbeams and glitter-edged clouds. (Above and below are some of the scenes I enjoyed. I had to photoshop out the cursors and text off the screenshots – as you can see on the first image, above.)

Spring

Through these webcams, I am as connected to the place as I can be without actually being there in person. I watch the sun come up, and the ski lift cabins start to move, the umbrellas being unfurled, the little boats gliding over the lakes. In winter, I will see my favourite views again, down the slopes that I used to love, and at the bottom, my most favourite little village, Fiss.

Summer