Experimental music, photography, and adventures

FAWM 2019

February 28th, 2019

Well, it’s February (almost over now, I know), so I am in the midst of recording another album. Actually at this point I have reached 14 songs, but I still have 1 or 2 left to go.

This year, I’ve rented a viola and my album revolves around that.

Here’s the first song I recorded, “Dividing Surfaces.” This features the viola (both dry and processed by modular synth) and a couple synth drones/layers from the Soma Lyra 8.

Pinegrove Kayaking — again!

July 27th, 2017

We went for another evening paddle, this time at Pinegrove, which was a return trip to the first place we took our kayaks. We were able to explore more of that area.

Before long, we saw herons. We kept hearing sudden, loud splashes around us. I’m not sure what made those sounds, but they surprised us!

We found a large beaver dam. We didn’t see any beavers, but we could hear them inside, chewing on the wood. Incredible!

We ended up having to portage at one point. It was a very narrow stretch of gravel. That’s the first time we’ve done that.

We headed back. We knew it was going to get pretty dark again by the time we got back.

Once we got back in the water, we were passed by a guy in a kayak, and talked to him for a few minutes. He continued on. We saw, a few times, deer splashing around in a very shallow section of the lake! I don’t have a good picture of that.

 

Unfortunately, we had another first: I got stuck in shallow mud! I thought I could paddle across to Sarah, but got caught in the mud and I figured it wouldn’t be too far to get through. I severely underestimated. I ended up getting out of the kayak and pushing it a ways, then getting back in. This worked out OK, but I was pretty beat at this point.

Another gorgeous evening on the water, and a little more adventure this time …

 

 

Yellowwood Lake Kayaking

July 25th, 2017

We decided to try kayaking out at Yellowwood Lake, one of our favorite local lakes, which we had never seen from a boat.

Due to the heat, we waited until evening to go, and a gorgeous evening it was.

We went and explored a narrow inlet for a bit …

… before heading out on to the more open part of the lake.

The insect and frog sounds were amazing, and we saw several turtles swimming just below the surface of the water … and a few basking above the water.

Gradually, the sun set as we made our way around the lake …

… until it was nearly completely dark. It was quite dark by the time we returned to the boat dock where we’d started, a beautiful end to a beautiful evening.

 

See the whole album.

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