Snowy white Snow Forest (last year trip)

snowy winter forest

Last year, at the end of February / Beginning of March, I did a trip in the northern forests of Montreal, Quebec. Near Rawdon, there are some great pieces of typical forest.
This was the first part of a series of winter forests recording sessions.


I stayed 3 days recording day and night ambiences of the snowy  Nature.
I walked many hours in the cold in order to find some interesting locations.

Even with snowshoes, it was difficult to get around as the snow was soft and deep, I easily sunk into the snow cover.

All in all it was a great time where I could record some quiet ambiences without human noise. I got some birds, crows, freezing rain, snow blizzard, chilly wind, woodpeckers…

I used a double M/S Rig with a AKG C414 configured in Bidirectionnal and 2 Rode NT5.

microphone in the snow

Miami express ambiences session

Recording some ambiences in Miami Beach Between 2 flights.

There is a wonderful sun out there.

Honing my ninja stealth skills once again!

I got some nice café ambience as I found one that has no music playing there. Lucky day

Stealth Recording in the café. Who knows?

 

Florida birds singing in the street

Stealth Recording in the town of Baños

Banos Ecuador

I wandered around the streets of this small touristy village.
It is a really interesting village that is threatened at all time by the neighbor volcano Tungurahua.  I think I walked at least 7 times the same streets throughout all the village since it is pretty small. Some streets are steep and as a result I did a lot of exercise ;-). Without counting that I hiked up the mountain this morning.

Banos

All in all I surely walked 18km  today. I haven’t seen a lot of tourist along the way. It is impressive afterwards to think I didn’t feel insecure at any time. A lot of people told me about crimes in South America but it looks that it doesn’t apply to this little town, at least from what I’ve experienced around.

Banos Ecuador

My recorder is packed with interesting Ecuadorian ambiences from the church, the market, the gymnasium, cafes.
For these recordings I chose to record with my Custom Quad Surround Stealth Setup (CQSSS) since I am really akin to translate the immersive aspect.

Banos Ecuador Panorama

High Hike around Laguna Cuicocha

Laguna Cuicocha

laguna cuicocha

This morning I got a taxi ride until the entrance of the reserve at Laguna Cuicocha. I hiked up on the edge of the mountain encircling the Laguna.

laguna cuicocha

What a wonderful scenary! From up here it is possible to see all the Otavalo valley.

Otavalo Valey

Country and urban soundscape resonates in harmony along with some birds.

Laguna Cuicocha

laguna cuicocha

In a glimpse, I recorded some Quad ambiences. Everything went so fast, I had to take the taxi back in the hour so I can jump into the bus to southern direction near the volcano Tungurahua.

From the village rooftop

Rooftop recording

At noon, I took a little time spent on top of the roof of the hostel at Cotacachi. Allowing to capture compelling and authentic Ecuadorian ambience.
From distance I can hear announcing trucks, those truck that have speakers and navigate around the village to announce whatever they try to sale.
I found them really typical and they sound great from up here, bouncing all over the houses walls and mountains. Also the view is really nice here. Could spend the day on the roof! But more adventures await me…

rooftop ambience ecuador

rooftop sound

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