Ain't no Copperhead

Ain't No Copperhead

If you've been following all the news lately on the Catching Creation Instagram and Facebook pages you will be excited to know that today is the day.  We are finally done recording "Ain't no Copperhead" hip hop song.  It's all about snake identification or rather the misidentification.  Every year I get countless tags on social media, texts and frantic messages about people finding copperheads.  Nine times out of ten the "copperhead" is one of two harmless snakes; the Dekay's brown snake or the juvenile black racer snake.  Both have patterns and in the dim twilight at a hazy wood line I guess I can understand the confusion. This misidentification happens frequently enough that as a team we decided to make this funny song about it.  I hope you enjoy it and please share it on all social media platforms!  What should we make a song about next?  Leave a comment and let us know!

This song was recorded and mixed by Stephen LaVine, filmed and edited by Stan Lake.   It was performed by Daniel Charles, Chance Feimster, Thomas LaVine, Stephen LaVine, and Stan Lake.  Special thanks to Barry McGee and Deric Cook for dancing their hearts out on a hot summer day for this video!

If you liked this song be sure to check out our other song "Slippy Slimy Salamander" and get your wiggle on as this catchy song lays eggs in your brain.

Thomas LaVine and  Stephen LaVine both have lots of amazing stuff going on with their music careers, please take a second and check out their new albums and go follow them on social media!

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Ain't no Copperhead
Ain't no Copperhead

Catching Creation Adventure Playlist

Catching Creation Adventure Playlist

I have decided to make a playlist on YouTube to make it easier to find our adventure episodes since I post a variety of clips and teachings on the site.  This is around 20 videos and approximately 5 hours of creepy crawly good stuff!  Check it out!

 

 

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Salamanders Of South Carolina

In this Catching Creation episode we travel to the highlands of northern South Carolina in search of Salamanders. This episode is featured on the Catching Creation Volume 3 DVD
 

"suit of lights" by Yosemite Mudflap
©2007 Tragic Hero Records
Used with permission from Artist and Label

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I Love Nights Like These

Nights like these.

The wind was softly blowing ever so slightly, as if by dancing through trees only to remind me of its presence.  The water rippled with every careful step I made into the heart of the vernal pool and the fog wafted over the surface of the murk just enough to cause the refraction of my headlamp to push my light beam to and fro.  I love nights like these.

I decided to take a trip to my newly discovered hiking trail near the house Jess and I recently bought.  This was my first nocturnal adventure here and I have to say although I was delighted to be alone in the woods in a new place, I was a bit unnerved a few times just thinking about how close I was to people’s houses that may not initially understand that I was merely there for the amphibians and nothing more.  I have to admit that I almost screamed when I startled a rabbit and he tore off into the undergrowth after we locked eyes.

On my first visit to this piedmont NC paradise a few months back I saw in the topography of the land that it dipped almost to a valley and flattened out at the bottom.  On that inaugural visit I found the ephemeral wetland fully lit with late summer sun and it was a sight that I had been longing to see.  It was pristine habitat.  An ephemeral wetland is sometimes called a vernal pool, ephemeral pool, or wetland and it is usually temporary and routinely dries up thus not supporting fish but great for amphibians.

I don’t think anyone else had discovered my newly found haven and if they had I imagine it wouldn’t have been considered the treasure I thought it to be and likely would have been avoided.  To the untrained eye this area is just a swampy muddy mess but I see so much more.  On my first few visits spanning a few months I found a plethora of amphibians much to my surprise and delight.  I have found Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers, Marbled Salamanders and Eastern Spotted Newts so far. Screen shot 2013-09-24 at 3.58.04 PM

Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 10.26.24 PMThe reason for my trip tonight was to capitalize on the unseasonably warm few nights that we were having this week.  For the first week in December we are seeing daytime highs in the mid 70’s and nightly lows in the 60s.  This week has also been very rainy and overcast which creates the perfect storm for amphibian activity and gets my heart pumping.  The main motivation for tonight’s wet hike was to check on the vernal pool itself, to see if it had begun to fill with water and to also check on the marbled salamanders to determine if their eggs had hatched yet.

Tripping off the beaten path down to the muddy area where the pool is situated I was almost immediately met with water, lots of it.  The pool not only filled up but it’s actually much bigger than I imagined it would be.  So far in my observations the pool has ranged from depths of 6-12 inches on down to almost completely dry, so I wasn’t prepared to see the pool quite this full.  It was a welcomed surprise.

I didn’t have to go far to confirm the health of the pool because the first time my light struck the water I saw the leaf litter almost explode with newly hatched larval forms of marbled salamanders.  This made me very happy considering there were a few times over the last month or two that I questioned whether or not if the pool would even fill up and I feared for my little aquatic friends.  Thankfully nature’s much more resilient than I even give it credit and the marbled salamanders did exactly what they were designed to do, survive.  The best part of the entire night was the beautiful volleys of Spring Peeper calls.  There were even a few faint Chorus frogs calling as well but the night air was heavy with the calls and peeps of the tiny Spring Peeper above anything else.

 I decided once I discovered the depth of the pool was knee deep according to my soggy jeans that I would head in the direction of the frog calls and see if I could see one of these elusive nocturnal anurans.   After crossing over the pool stealthily and occasionally stopping, cutting my lights off and listening for the audible offender I made my way to the opposite shore and scanned with my headlamp and there he was.  The light of my headlamp glistened like diamonds on the crossed back of a Spring Peeper chest high on a small sapling next to the pool.  Success!  Even if it was almost by accident that I found the little guy I was pleased beyond belief.  I love these little frogs; they are one of the many native NC amphibians that truly give me joy. Screen shot 2013-12-05 at 10.26.09 PM

These guys defy the odds by being able to breed, thrive and survive when most other amphibians are nestled deep in the ground below the frost line.  They are designed with somewhat of a biological anti-freeze, glucose builds up in their cells and allows them not to freeze to death and allowing these petite frogs to occupy a niche other frogs are unprepared to inhabit.  After taking a few blurry pictures in SITU with my Iphone of my new froggy friend I started back up towards the trail and made my way to drier ground.  All in all tonight’s trip was short in duration but I don’t think it could have been much better.  I love nights like these!

Marbled Salamander Breeding

Chance and I decided to hike a new trail today and we found a vernal pool with 15 marbled salamanders, many with eggs.  We were amazed to find so many so early and really weren't looking that hard to find them, I can only imagine how many we must have passed by.  We also saw two seemingly gravid Chorus frogs, not a bad day at all! 

Marbled Salamander

In this clip from the Salamander Episode on Catching Creation Vol 3 DVD we talk about the parental care of Marbled Salamanderswww.facebook.com/catchingcreation

Music used with permission http://theeagerseas.bandcamp.com/ "Like Nothing I've Ever Seen" by The Eager Seas ©2013 The Eager Seas

Red Salamander

I found a Red Salamander down in Blacksburg, SC. This is a clip from Catching Creation Volume 3 DVD from our episode about salamanders. 

The music was used with permission "Between The Now And Not Yet" by The Eager Seas ©2012 The Eager Seas http://theeagerseas.bandcamp.com/

 

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Spotted Salamanders and the Church

Check out this clip from our first Catching Creation shoot of the year down in Blacksburg SC.  We shot video with what we had and the cameras ranged from Iphones, Gopros and even a Sony DSLR, we strongly believe in using what you have and know that God honors our faithfulness in the little things and is preparing us for the better equipment to come.  I'm really excited about this new DVD coming up and the team God has given me to help shoot new episodes of Catching Creation.  We are 1/2 way funded for our new Canon XF100 pro camcorder package that we've been saving and raising money for!

 

Check out a recent devotional about Salamanders HERE

Do Conditions Have To Be Perfect For You To Come Out?

Do Conditions Have To Be Perfect For You To Come Out?

Several years ago I had the amazing opportunity to see spotted salamanders breeding.  I know what you’re thinking, but I promise it’s not gross. The salamanders look as if they are all dancing underwater and you see flashes of bluish black with speckles of yellow and white spots glimmering in the moonlight. The conditions required to get spotted salamanders out en mass to breed need to be almost perfect.  The vernal (or temporary) pools that they lay their eggs in have to be the correct depth and PH, the humidity and temperature have to be just right and it typically follows a heavy rain.  Once their annual “dance” is complete they go back to their subterranean burrows and are rarely seen again until the next breeding season.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”  The writer of Hebrews is encouraging us to not only love one another and do good works but to also not forget the purpose for meeting.  We don’t just go to church to keep up appearances, at least I hope not!

The real reason we assemble together is to mutually encourage one another so that we can do the work of the ministry that we ALL are called to do.  The Lord has given us all specific gifts in which we are to use to help edify the body and grow the kingdom of God.  We meet together so as to help one another from falling by the wayside or getting discouraged and giving up.  Do conditions have to be perfect for you to come out?

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Thank You From Catching Creation

I decided to go hiking at one of my favorite local spots off of Reynolda Rd in Winston-Salem and test out my new GoPro Hero 3. I hope you enjoy it and THANK YOU for all of your support!

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Red Eft Test Footage

I got to film with some professional equipment and awesome people this weekend.  Deric Cook of the Missions Advocates filmed me with his new Sony FS-100 and it has been a game changer.  Daniel Charles moved over to the director's seat and we had a new friend join us to film this weekend, Derrick Brown.  God is good and it looks like he is putting together a great team with amazing gear.  This footage was literally us just goofing off in the woods to see how we worked as a team and if this is us not trying I can only imagine how awesome the Pilot will be for Catching Creation at the end of the summer.  We are currently writing "Catching Creation:  From the Mountains to the Sea" Be on the look out for this by the end of the summer!!