Kankakei is a gorge which starts about half way up the largest mountain on Shodoshima and runs up to the top, with a rope way or gondola ferrying people through some truly epic views!
While I had taken the ride up & down the mountain a few times before, I read on a tourist map that there are two hiking tracks which run vaguely in parallel with the cable car so I decided to walk one of the tracks downhill, stopping to record whenever the ambience changed significantly (or when I got tired!)
The track was very well formed, mostly a concrete path zig zagging down through dense bush
Being quite sunny and open, the insects were having a party
“big rock in forest ambience, take 1…”
Further down the mountain….
I came across this stream, which when its raining I am sure is a torrent, but the tiny trickle of water seemed almost musical to my ears so I got my mics as close as possible, to try & isolate the water trickle from the general ambience….
Eventually I reached the bottom of the track and caught the cable car back to the top, with a GoPro camera suckered to the side
On another mission up into the mountains I recorded quite a different tonality of insects to the ones I recorded on the Kankakei walk.
Later the same day, half way down the mountain, very high frequency insects
This was the same location I recorded what was later identified as a deer call, but at the time I and no idea whatsoever as to what it was!!!
I stayed up here until well after dark as I had a couple of time lapses running.. So I recorded quite long files of insects, as the day changed to dusk…. this recording of dusk insects also has a very distant deer call in it…
And slowly dusk became night, and as in Papua New Guinea the night insects proved themselves to be far louder than daytime insects!! Just before I packed up to head home I put the mics up on top of the car, so they were VERY close to the night crickets