LI No. BDLM02015.01-0008
Initially I found myself putting a lot of pressure on today’s #naturesound recording. Based on the weather forecast, it is likely my last early morning recording opportunity. I was hyper-focused on finding the perfect location and getting everything set up just right. I was hiking up the incredibly steep track trying to get away from the rivers and the main road when I found myself very stressed about this. So I stopped to catch my breath and have a drink of water. I’m sweating profusely. I realize that by stressing about the location I’m missing the walk. It’s a really hard walk. My legs are killing me (and I’m in pretty good shape right now). Focusing on my burning calf muscles and the growing bug noises, I remind myself that there is no perfect location. There is only the location that I am going to record today. It might be great. It might suck. It might be rich with birdsong or the flies might terrorize my microphones. The important thing is that I am here, hiking in Australia’s Alpine National Park, listening to the forest, trying to get a recording if it happens to work out. If it fails, if everything about the recording session goes to shit, then I’ve still got my experience, which then might also include an interesting story to share. There’s always going to be a last day of recording on trips like this but I need to relax. I caught my breath, I had another drink of water and continued my hike. I found a location and the recording came out quite nice. I even had the chance to enjoy the sound of an owl as I set up. It didn’t make it into the recording but I’m not stressed about it. I’m just glad I got to hear it.