Small waterfall in Shindagin Hollow © Lang ElliottEnjoy this uplifting binaural soundscape recording of a small waterfall in the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. Featuring the gentle splattering of water pouring off moss-covered rock ledges. 6 minutes long. Please wear headphones to experience the magic of 3D binaural sound. © Lang Elliott.

Hi All! Now that spring has come to upstate New York, I’ve decided to drive south toward heat and mosquitoes. Go figure … sometimes I do just the opposite of what a “normal” person would do.

My plan is to gradually work my way down to the Everglades, gathering binaural soundscapes and supportive materials for podcasting about my adventures. I won’t be producing podcasts during my trip because, as I learned the hard way, there just isn’t enough time to craft podcasts while I’m on the road. Doing so would rob me of too much precious time in the field. However, I do plan to share my adventures in almost-real-time through periodic blog posts as well as posts on Facebook. If we’re not yet a friends on Facebook, please go to my profile and make a request. Even if I don’t know who you are, I’m likely to OK your request if your profile shows that you’re a nature enthusiast: Lang’s Facebook Page

In case you’re interested, here’s my approximate itinerary (subject to changes, of course, due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances):

1. George Washington National Forest near Staunton, Virginia. I will visit a location on Elliott Mountain (no relation to me) where I often spend my first night out when venturing southward, and which is often my last stop when returning home from an expedition. I consider it a “sacred” place of sorts … a small pond in the mountains where I stopped on my very first recording journey way back in 1988.

2. Cranberry Glades Botanical Area near Marlinton, West Virginia. This is a lovely bog nestled high in the mountains, with a great boardwalk. I’ve recorded there a number of times. This visit I plan to explore the trail that skirts around the bog and also get in and around the bogland area.

3. Great Smoky Mountains National Park, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I plan to record in Cade’s Cove at night and at dawn by biking the loop road after they close the gate to cars. At the far end of the loop, there’s a swampy area with minimal stream noise and lots of coyotes nearby. This could be a splendid adventure, but only if the weather cooperates. I will also try for a soundscape up toward Clingmans Dome, which is a good spot for Winter Wrens.

4. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, near Folkston, Georgia. I’ll be canoeing-in for three days (two nights), and also recording along their wonderful boardwalk. Hope to get American Alligators bellowing in the darkness of the night, as well as and Sandhill Cranes sounding off at dawn.

5. Alexander Springs Creek Wilderness in Ocala National Forest, near Deland, Florida.

6. Everglades National Park and Big Cypress Preserve not far from Miami, Florida. OMG, why on earth would I brave the heat and mosquitoes at this time of year? Well, because I think I can get some nice soundscapes, plus it’s an opportunity to touch base with the area and gather recordings that will help me do a killer podcast or two.

7. Applachicola National Forest near Tallahassee, Florida. This stop is optional and I’ll do it if I have the time on my return journey. My goal is to gather some nice ambient pine woods soundscapes. In the old days, I got mostly closeups of this bird or that frog. For podcasting, I need ambience to be used as a backdrop while speaking. So that’s one goal. The other is to get some decents photos of the habitat, which I never managed to do during earlier visits (I was too busy recording).

8. Chesapeake Bay Saltmarsh Habitats along the Eastern Shore of the bay in Maryland (including Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge). I have no binaural soundscapes from this habitat. Looking to find King Rails clacking, Seaside Sparrows, and a variety of other songsters. Maybe even Black Rail along the Elliott Island road. I recorded a Black Rail there way back in 1988, at the beginning of my recording career … I wonder if they’re still there? As an extension of this theme, I may also visit wildlife refuges along the ocean shoreline in Delaware, including Prime Hook NWR and Bombay Hook NWR.

Then I will head home, happy and content because my trip went far better than expected!

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Water flowing over ledges at small waterfall in Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York © Lang Elliott

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