Nature Cinépoetry as Art

With today’s release of Buggin’ Fun as a NatureWatch video vignette, I hereby leap into the realm of nature-oriented “Cinépoetry." This is an art form where poetry is combined with cinematography and sound in order to produce a unified multimedia composition. I hope you like my first experiment (please let me know what you think by commenting … [Read more...]

Finding My Way Home

Before launching into a somewhat heady blog post about my two-month absence from old-miracle.mystagingwebsite.com, here is a little tidbit, an ambient nature recording I made a few days ago in nearby Shindagin Hollow. Blue Jay, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-eyed Vireo, American Crow, Ovenbird, Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush, Veery, Rose-breasted … [Read more...]

Salamander Poetics & Frustrations

In this two-parted blog post, I make an attempt to capture the poetic aspect of tuning-in to the salamander migration, and then follow that with an essay conveying my frustration at being unable to get great video footage, and the impact of that frustration on keeping the dream alive: POETICS: Sometimes it is easy to kiss the earth, … [Read more...]

Shindagin Hollow Overlook

Of the many soundscape impressions I've gathered in Shindagin Hollow, this morning's dawn chorus ranks among the best. For me, it was magical indeed, as I sat in the still darkness at the top of an overlook, immersed in listening as the twittering of the birds gradually expanded with the light. Though late in the season for bird song, there is … [Read more...]

Hermit Thrush Song Play

As most of you realized when I posted "Hermit Satori - Thrushen Dream" two days ago, the featured recording was a series of Hermit Thrush songs slowed down and pitch-lowered, allowing us humans hear the intricacies that we believe the thrushes themselves actually hear. It is so much fun to play in this way that I went at it again this morning, … [Read more...]

Hermit Satori – A Thrushen Dream

Deep in the dark, primeval forest, a feathered hermit dreams a song, a silken melody fit for the heavens. Awakened, enlightened, fluting pure light: What more is there to say? Listen ... let the sound explain. Okay, I admit it, I slowed down Hermit Thrush songs, "purified" them somewhat using special software, and then removed silent … [Read more...]

Join me on Facebook

Ok, I admit it, I'm a basket case. But that doesn't mean I'm no fun! Spring is upon us and I am about to take off for the Smoky Mountains and other destinations. I would very much like you to follow my adventures by checking out my Facebook posts. Originally, I had intended to post about my trip on my Facebook "business page." But I've … [Read more...]

Twittering, Piping, Trilling

the wonders have surely begun. tonight, i hear woodcocks twittering and whimpering above the field. a lone spring peeper piping weakly at pond's edge. a screech-owl trilling softly from forest next to my friend's house. nocturnal magic, purely felt and smelled. at dusk, i had noticed a robin alarming; me-wonders now if he had … [Read more...]

The Music of the Spheres

I just re-read a brilliant and illuminating essay entitled "The Music of the Spheres," by Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Kahn (1882-1927). It is wonderfully written and resonates within me at the deepest levels. I believe everyone who loves nature and life should read it. Here is a passage that is particularly relevant to my life's work: "What … [Read more...]

Introducing Garth McElroy

Great news! Garth McElroy of central Maine is joining our team! He is a professional bird photographer and his web site is featheredfotos.com. Check it out—His photos are incredible! Armed with a Canon 7D, Garth began shooting high definition video this season. He has already snagged a number of great videos. We've been working together on … [Read more...]