The campus of the charming Concordia University in Austin, Texas, the host of the 53rd convention of the Esperanto League for North America, has a lovely fountain in its common area.
My daughter was especially attracted to the fountain, as she enjoyed dipping her feet in the water during the hot June days.
This fountain has a webcam trained on it. You can watch it in real time from their site. It was fun to call home from my cell phone and and have my wife and son watch us from the web site.
Listen to the recording I made at the fountain and watch the webcam and you’ll feel like you’re there in person.
Listen 1:01, 1 mb, 128 kbps MP3
Keywords: fountain, water
This summer my daughter and I spent a couple of days on the beach at Galveston Island off the Texas coast. While there, I thought it would be a good idea to take my iRiver and microphone into the surf to make an ambient sound recording of the waves.
This worked out pretty well except when a larger than expected wave hit me and nearly ruined the microhone. Yes, that’s me yelling at the end of the recording.
Listen: 2:58, 4.1 mb, 192kbps MP3
Keywords: wind, waves, water, birds, seagulls, splash
During the 53rd Esperanto Leagure for North America convention we visited the Congress Avenue bridge in downtown Austin, Texas to see the world famous colony of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge for their nightly feeding.
Before dusk, a chatter could be heard under the bridge. I am not certain, but I think the sound emanated from the bats, though I know that bat echolocation is at a frequency much higher than the human ear can hear.
Listen: MP3 - 0:45, 1 mb / 128kbps
Outside the dorms at Concordia University, each and every summer night, hundreds of grackles gather in the trees, singing a never ending collective song.
Listen to the sound of the grackles, as well as some passing traffic and the sound of my daughter playing. Towards the end, they all decide to stop singing and fly away to another tree.
Listen: 1 mb/128kbps MP3
Keywords: bird, grackle, song, summer, traffic
This post was left heading south out of Omaha on the way to Austin, Texas for the 53rd annual convention of the Esperanto League for North America. I talk about the rental car and Andy’s away baseball game at Northside Little League in the shadow of a coal-fired power plant.