In early March of 2015, I gathered some stunning footage of a Jefferson Salamander crossing a snow patch during its early spring migration to the breeding pond. Shortly after, I put together a video featuring my nicest clips, set against the Bach-Ganoud version of Ave Maria, as played by harpist Cyril Baranov (which I found at

I decided to call my video Snow Trekker, and I remember being quite happy with the result. The only thing missing was an introductory narrated explanation of the natural history behind the footage, plus perhaps some poetic verse sprinkled here and there during the musical portion.

I had hoped to transform my video soon after, but then came a health crisis followed by nearly two years where I focused almost entirely on binaural soundscape recording (culminating in my new app). So, progress on Snow Trekker was delayed … until now.

Last weekend, feeling rather stressed-out after the publication of my app, I decided to focus on something entirely different, so as to give my mind a rest. So why not work up one of my old videos? Searching my archives, I soon stumbled upon Snow Trekker and within minutes I hatched a plan to revise it … and now, just several days later, I’m pleased to publish the result, for all the world to see and hear.

I hope you like my narrated version of Snow Trekker and I’d love to hear what you think of it. So please chime-in below if you have the time and interest. I also have a question that needs answering: “during the snow trek section, is my voice easy to hear against the music, or should the music be lowered a bit?

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