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 :).
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.