The Marshall fire on Dec 30th devastated the communities of Louisville and Superior. This is our community and we’re thankful most people are physically safe. The rebuilding process will be difficult and I know our community will build back stronger.
It’s heartbreaking to watch the fire advance through Superior on the camera. It looks like the office building has survived so at some point the Superior cam will be back.
The Louisville camera went offline early in the morning on the 30th due to the winds that were bad even at that early. The fire was just west of the barn visible in the image and luckily the host site was spared. We should be able to get the camera up and running again at some point.
I’ve been looking for a good Nederland location for a while and when Nick from Busey Brews contacted me it was a great fit. He was a fan of the Boulder Flatiron Cam before moving to Colorado and liked the idea of adding a Nederland cam. Nick and his brother Kyle own Busey Brews Smokehouse and Brewery in Nederland. Over the last few months we’ve been planning the new cam and it’s all come together recently.
The camera has PTZ capability so we can take in a variety of views. The tour may be updated based on feedback, so let us know what you think. [email protected] If you’re interested in adding a cam at another location or sponsoring one of the existing cameras, please reach out.
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I’ve been working on the setup of a new streaming cam in downtown Boulder. It’s up and running but the mounting stand is too low and it’s too near the AC units which are vibrating the roof. Those problems should be fixed in the next week. I’m testing some streaming options for how to make the video available on the site.
There’s a discussion on Reddit if anyone has feedback/input.
You can see Flagstaff mountain from all three of the BFC cams. It’s one of my favorite rides with great views, a good workout and lots of fun descending. Last fall I recorded the ride for Fulgaz, a unique virtual cycling training app. I love riding all over the world with Fulgaz virtual rides and really wanted to try some local rides. Fulgaz is a long way from my younger days watching recordings of the Tour de France while riding a wind resistance trainer, now you can ride the climbs in the tour.
The Super Flag ride is up now on Fulgaz, you can see a preview here. There’s a two week free trial, so if you’re used to riding Flagstaff give it a try and compare it to real life. Fulgaz has lots of info for how you get started, it’s a great app. There are more Boulder county and Colorado rides in the pipeline.
With the pretty fall sunsets recently I was missing the time-lapse and archive feature. It’s been down since moving to the new server for some technical reasons. I’ve focused on figuring out this function and getting things going again over the last few weeks and I’m please to share that it’s working again for the Louisville and Superior cams.
Hopefully, I can implement it on the Boulder Cam in the near future. The Digital Ocean server has been doing great and with the combination of Cloudflare, it’s kept the operating costs manageable. Check out this stat from Cloudflare
You may have noticed the Boulder cam has not been updating for a couple weeks. The main problem has been a result of depending on network access from a construction cam co-located on the roof. That cam was shut down with completion of the building across the street and unexpectedly the network switch also stopped working. I have several alternatives set up and have to get on the roof sometime this week or next. I expect we should have a good long-term solution up and running again by early December.
The timelapse feature was recently re-enabled for the Superior and Louisville cameras. The move to new hosting has been challenging and expensive. The camera images have a high number of requests daily and that eats up a lot of bandwidth. I’m using the Cloudflare CDN and will be working on caching techniques to reduce the cost of hosting this site.
If anyone would like to donate to keep the cameras running or volunteer to provide Linux admin services, I’d love the help!
All three of the cams have been down over the past two days, this is pretty unusual. The Superior cam had a hardware failure and needs to be sent in for work. The Louisville cam lost network access and had to be restarted. And tonight the intense storm that rolled through Boulder knocked the downtown Boulder cam offline. I think there was a power outage downtown so hopefully the cam will come back up with the Galvanize network and power. I’ll be out of town a few days so I hope that’s the case!