This was such a wonderful experience. In all the years I have ventured up to Little High Rock Canyon I have never seen water in the reservoir. After our big, went winter it was full and the frogs were rejoicing!
On this day, I was not feeling very well. I wanted to get out in nature but did not have a lot of energy. I found a grassy spot next to this small fall on Thomas Creek and just sat back, listened and enjoyed.
Surprise Valley is one of my favorite places. Usually the lake beds are dry playas, much like the Black Rock Desert. And similar to the Black Rock Desert the Surprise Valley playas had a lot of water on them this year! I couldn't resist capturing a bit of the magic! You can here Dan for a moment :).
We paddled the ephemeral Quinn River. This river winds through the dry high desert only when conditions allow.
You can here us paddling in this video and at the end we laugh and talk a bit, so it's not all natural sounds in this clip, but I do feel that you are able to get a good sense of the immense quietude and stillness that surrounds the desert and this river.
Lately I have become really interested in natural soundscapes, taking time to stop and listen to the sounds around me when I'm exploring wild areas. I worry that wild, untrammeled soundscapes are becoming a thing of the past, becoming more and more limited by the encroachment of human-made sound.
Soon after I started thinking about natural soundscapes I stumbled upon Bernie Krause's The Great Animal Orchestra: Finding The Origins of Music in the World's Wild Places. If you enjoy sounds of nature, you should check it out!
I decided it would be an interesting project to start recording and sharing some of the soundscapes I encounter while out and about. Even though I am no sound expert, I am posting my recordings here. I also post them to Instagram and to YouTube.