Elk Island is a large and beautiful park about a 1 hour drive from where Bryson and Pete currently live. We grew up a 1 hour drive from Waterton National Park, which is a small town situated in a gorgeous part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, with plenty of hiking and lake activities available. While the mountains hold a special place in our heart, Elk Island has its own generous share of interesting landscapes and animals to explore and appreciate. Filled with plenty of lakes, marshes, and woodland, Elk Island is home to a ton of different animals like white tail deer, wood bison, woodpeckers, warblers, wood frogs, boreal chorus frogs, and, of course, elk! We actually didn't see much for wildlife, but we certainly heard plenty of birds. We also got to hear small patches of frogs and toads croaking, but weren't able to capture good recordings of them unfortunately.
As our first field recording excursion, it was equal parts content creation and learning experience. We were able to find some nice secluded areas in the park with lots of birds and water sounds, get our mic's set up in discrete locations and wander off for periods of time. What you hear throughout this album is an amalgamation of the recorded material that came through exactly as we hoped, and we are very excited about our finished product. It marks the beginning of Little Symphony's travels across the world to record as much of the beauty in nature as we can.
On the learning experience side of things, we flubbed a few recordings through various errors. We actually forgot to bring any headphones so that made it difficult to check levels, and some recordings suffered from misadjusted mic settings. We also realized the benefit of buying a handheld recorder mic, since our laptop batteries ended up being the limiting factor on how much we could record throughout the day. Pete specifically suffered a bad heart break at the end of the night when his best recording of the day, some haunting bird calls and frogs singing in the twilight, didn't end up saving properly to his laptop. With our new Zoom H4N hopefully these issues won't be a problem in the future!
We're looking forward to heading back to Elk Island next spring to catch some more frogs in their mating season, and revisit the lake where we lost Pete's recording, to hopefully relive the beauty of that night and be able to bring it back for our listeners. If not, that's okay too; one of the things that can make nature so beautiful is it's ephemerality (that's a fancy word for temporary or fleeting!) That's why it's so precious when we can capture those moments once in a while.
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