COVID project #37 – a series of timelapses and video, mostly at Dunback Meadow in Lexington, Massachusetts. I also recorded the birds at sunrise and layered that in with the piano music. Fun work in progress (I’m convinced I can get better sunrises and sunsets)…
This time has forced us all to stop, pick our heads up and pay attention to what’s around us. Not a bad way to go. Most of this footage is within a half mile of my house in suburban Boston (and the bird nest sequence is from my back porch).
For those interested, this project was pretty fun. The seed got planted over 15 years ago on a trip to Costa Rica with a buddy. We heard this music from a pianist, Manuel Obregón, who would take his equipment into the rainforest and record the wildlife and do a call and response on the spot as part of his process. So that’s the song in the background and the call and response part is from Costa Rica. But I also recorded the birds at Dunback Meadow at sunrise, and – being the geek I am – asked a colleague, who is a bird biologist, to identify the calls/songs. He identified seven species of birds. The most prominent call is the Song sparrow (Melospiza melodia) and there are also the following birds that he could identify from a recording from my phone – Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis), American robin (Turdus migratorius), Prairie warbler (Setophaga discolor) , Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina), and Common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas). And what really blew my mind is that there have been 193 species of birds recorded at Dunback!