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David de la Haye

David de la Haye

A Fresh(water) Perspective

As Narcissus stared into a pool of water, what did he hear? Beyond his own reflection did the subtle thrum of aquatic life enchant him?

Freshwater habitats host a variety of sounds, including that of the Water Boatman (Family Corixidae) which can produce the loudest sound, relative to its size, of any animal. Using field recording technology we can augment our senses to explore these intricate yet rarely studied sound-worlds. Scattered widely across our landscapes, I believe ponds provide an accessible way to look beyond our reflection and deeply connect to ecosystems on our doorstep.