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Origin of Go Hydrology?
And how it evolved over time

Everything has its origin story, and some things evolve over time. And yes, there is a lot of trial and error involved, and every once in a while doing a reboot.

Can you guess how Go Hydrology got its start?

a. as part of a multi-agency watershed team

b. a database hosted at Florida Gulf Coast University

c. a blog called The South Florida Watershed Journal

d. a desire to illuminate and celebrate the water cycle as it unfolds

e. all of the above

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Go Hydrology 3.0
New features for the water cycle enthusiast

Do you love the water cycle …

But always feel you’re on the outside looking in?

Go Hydrology 3.0 Explained

Fear not and join the club. And by the club I mean both Go Hydrology and everybody else out there under the sun. The water cycle is the great uniter that connect us all and that we are constantly trying to figure out. With Go Hydrology it’s less about the product than the process. I always say in life, if you enjoy the process (i.e. the water cycle) then you’re on the right path and everything else will fall in place. As for the product, I’ve always been a “get the project done” type person, and that’s probably what inspired me to build Go Hydrology from the start, and also refine it (and refine it) over time. The above video explains some recent restructuring on the blog with two big goals in mind: (1) increasing discoverability (i.e. for you to find what you want) and (2) turning it into a Florida wide watershed journal. Most of all we’re all in this together. So if you have any comments or ideas, let me know and we’ll figure it out. When it comes to the water cycle and our watersheds, we’re all on the same team.

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Quotable: “The water cycle is our passport to nature”

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What are watersh-editorials?
It's about giving water a voice at the table

It’s easy to love the water …

But who’s standing up for it when it needs a voice.

Giving water a seat at the table

That’s where Go Hydrology steps up to the plate with its watersh-editorials. What is a watersh-editorial? It’s basically an editorial about water, or some aspect of water or nature (sometimes the trees) that deserves everyone’s attention and deserves being fixed.

I know what your thinking: But isn’t Go Hydrology a place that steers clear of controversy and political camps? And what if we say the wrong thing — could that step on the wrong people’s toes?

To be honest, I doubt it. And isn’t that what Go Hydrology is perfectly positioned to avoid. From Day One, the dialog at Go Hydrology has been about getting to the bottom of what the water in all its forms that both technical experts and lay enthusiasts can enjoy. Water is a great uniter, and something we can all stand, if not behind, then in (even if it is over ankle deep): Here at Go Hydrology we’re all about getting our feet wet. In sum, a watersh-editorial is not about pointing fingers, it’s about putting issues, information and ideas at peoples fingertips so we can all join forces to get the water right.

In my opinion – and I think I speak for the water on this – a civil dialog is a lost art form.

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Go Hydrology 2.0
Learning to embrace the blog

Well it took a while, 

And it’s still a work in progress …

Available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

But finally I’ve turned the corner on a “new and improved” version of Go Hydrology.  Or maybe it’s the same old blog?  In fact, fully embracing the “blog” element of my work was a major breakthrough event.  I’d previously short of shunned the term, and in that spirit tried to turn it into more of a static website.  Then came the meteor strike of the Nature Folk Movement (NFM).  It not only expanded my repertoire of topics, it made me think very hard (and allowed me to experiment) on the structure of Go Hydrology.  The result?  The blog is now front and center with the caveat that behind it working in the background is a powerful and easy to navigate database, also known as a Table of Contents (TOC).  

What exactly is the NFM?  It’s a return to nature and the simplicity of its cycles, and most of all rethinking and recapturing the old traditions and values we used to adhere to prior to getting consumed in our smart phones.  And thus the humble goal of Go Hydrology and the Nature Folk Movement (NFM): To connect people with the water cycle and the way we did things in that mysterious geologic epoch called Before Phones.  Oh, and BTW: Beware of the Boogie Phone!

Find out more about Go Hydrology 2.0 in this podcast.

About After Hours

About After Hours

A look at the campfire regulars

Bobby Angel Campfire

Ballad of a Florida Panther
Engineer and panther forge a lasting bond

How to you make a road safe …

for the panthers (and other animals) that cross it?

Bobby Angel is a troubadour of the Nature Folk Movement (NFM)

In this Bobby Angel standard, the singer/songwriter recounts the story of a transportation engineer named Krista who was called in to help prevent panthers from getting hit by vehicles on the Tamiami Trail. It’s one of the swamp’s most scenic roads, but also one that crossing wildlife often finds itself in harms way. At some point the song veers off into fantasy with the transportation planner and panther escaping into nature and forging a relationship for life — but is it fantasy, really, or just how life should really be? To answer that question, you’ll have to watch the video and judge for yourself.

Be sure to stay on after the song to hear an interview with Bobby Angel about the song. Topics discussed include an exclusive inside scoop on the making of the smash hit, including never before revealed details on his first sighting of (what he thought initially) was a “large dog,” why they used to be more rare than seeing Ivory-billed woodpeckers, the movie magic of he videos opening scene, and how the use of silhouettes really make the video pop.

Concert at Lake Flirt
And why the water fall never went away

Lake Flirt vanished long ago …

Or is it still there, hiding in plain sight?

Firelight Radio is available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

Join singer/songwriter Bobby Angel around the campfire at the banks of Old Lake Flirt where through a series of campfire crackles, singing and storytelling — and one or two special guest — Lake Flirt (and the old rapid run) magically comes back to life. Really, that’s what a Bobby Angel Campfires is all about: Getting back to discussing how things once were, are now and may somehow in the future turn out; and most of all having a conversation with nature.

Find out more about Bobby Angel at his website.

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Dinosaur interviews himself
What a wonderful guest!

What’s the secret …

To a good interview?

Firelight Radio is available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

Some would say ample research on the topic you’re trying to discuss.  Others would say having a good set of questions.  Still others would say inviting in a good guest.  But for me, the secret to a good interview starts with the host.  It isn’t so much the questions or the answers as it is the good conversation to be had.  And really, for that to occur: Is there really a need for anyone else?  Answer: I would say yes.  The caveat is you better be comfortable having a dialog with yourself first.  And that’s why in many ways this is a breakthrough interview. 

Among the topics we cover:  My new idea for a great app, new details on the Time of Great Phonelessness (i.e. Before Phones), how phones stole our memories, the difference between prescient and clairvoyant, why a ranger kept returning to the swamp and what made him stop, the difference between a tree and a large blade of grass, why cigarettes are healthier than cell phones, how banjos went viral, and more.

Ranger Days
Rudi joins Bob around the Campfire

Rudi joins Bob around the campfire …

To reminisce about the good old days.

Bob and Rudi collaborated on 12 campfire talks and three books called the Centennial Campfire Trilogy: (1) The Legend of Campfire Charlie, (2) Last Stand at Boulder Ridge, and (3) Final Campfire.

Hindsight as we say is 20/20. The reason? We have the benefit of seeing how the future played out. We survived the past, so it must have been good, and so seeps in the “nostalgia effect.” But make no mistake, they were good times, too. At this campfire, Bob interviews Rudi about the ups and downs and many memories of his rangering days. Bob does his part by introducing a new “experimental s’mores” recipe that Rudi doesn’t seem to like much. It could have been intentional on Bob’s part knowing that if they were too good Rudi would have ate the entire stockpile.

Ode to the Catskills
And the thirsty city downstream

This song celebrates both

Small time life and the big city downstream.

And ode to a small town along the Hudson

Specifically, the town is Tivoli and the city is New York. They are connected by the Hudson River, by a train and by aqueducts that give New York City its water supply. You might ask: Does the Catskill region get any thing out of the deal. For one, the watersheds that feed the reservoirs and eventually flow through the aqueducts are protected open space. I’m not saying that cross basin water transfers are always a good thing, but in this case, I think it’s an example of a state making good use of its water and helping to protect nature, too.

As for the song, I wrote it on a visit to see my brother who used to live in Dutchess County, New York. As for Tivoli, it’s claim to fame in my heart is a restaurant called Pongo. I doubt its still there, but the memory remains. And all the characters in the song are real, one of which is me.

Concert on the beach
Just after sunset

A campfire on the beach …

May be the perfect combo.

Find out more about Bobby Angel at his website at bobbyangel.org

Especially just after a beautiful sunset over the water. Bobby Angel brings it on this campfire concert. His three song set includes (1) There Goes Bob Three, (2) Marsha Marsha and (3) X Marks The Spot. What makes a Bobby Angel campfire special? Maybe it’s that he does more talking about the songs than actually singing them. Or maybe it’s that he brings the campfire experience straight to you in the comfort of your own home. Or maybe it’s his intense strumming ability. The truth is about Bobby Angel, nobody really knows other than there’s worse places to be than on the beach by the campfire with a nature folk balladeer.

Concert at Lake Flirt
And why the water fall never went away

Lake Flirt vanished long ago …

Or is it still there, hiding in plain sight?

Firelight Radio is available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

Join singer/songwriter Bobby Angel around the campfire at the banks of Old Lake Flirt where through a series of campfire crackles, singing and storytelling — and one or two special guest — Lake Flirt (and the old rapid run) magically comes back to life. Really, that’s what a Bobby Angel Campfires is all about: Getting back to discussing how things once were, are now and may somehow in the future turn out; and most of all having a conversation with nature.

Find out more about Bobby Angel at his website.

Rangerin’ Campfire
With Singer/Songwriter Bobby Angel

There’s a saying that …

Meteorologists are on the front line of communicating science.

A Bobby Angel campfire event

Well, when it comes to protecting the Great American Outdoors, Park Service Rangers are at the front line of protecting the animals and trees. How so? Whether it’s an issue of visitor safety or an alligator in distress, VRP Rangers (better known as Visitor and Resource Protection Rangers) are the first to know, and the first on scene. If you’re a sabal palm tree feeling all alone — fear not: a park service ranger has your back. And if your a visitor in distress — a VRP is never far away. Bottom line: When it comes to protecting nature and visitors getting a taste of the Great Outdoors, there is no friendlier face or more awesome a responsibility than what a National Park Service Ranger does every day. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there!

Signed,

Animals, plants and visitors

Barron River Campfire
On the banks of the Barron River

Bobby Angel had his heart set …

On a “river venue.”

Bobby Angel’s 2-song set with lots of story telling

But after a long search he eventually gave up and settled for the canal. The reason? Convenience for one. Also, the traffic into Everglades City was pretty bad. Usually a sleepy enclave, once a year during its famous Seafood Festival it bustles with life (and traffic delays.) Finally, the canal is just a lot bigger and longer than the river. River or canal, the campfire lit easily enough and his strings tuned just as quickly.

Bobby Angel’s 2-song set includes (1) One More Melaleuca and (2) David Moody Blues. But the true focus of this campfire concert is the mystery and history (and artist recommended future) of the road, the canal, the river and the old railroad. Bobby Angel goes deep history mode and doesn’t turn back, nor does the crackle of the campfire disappoint.

Find out more about folk star Bobby Angel at https://bobbyangel.org.

Big Cypress Campfire
From the heart of the Big Cypress

Bobby Angel attempts and fails …

To debut his new album around the campfire.

Bobby Angel sings a 3-song set

The problem? There seems to be a disconnect between the songs he’s selecting and the title of the album — Big Cypress Bound. Or is there? Bobby Angel explores the topic between singing his three songs, including (1) Pretty Boy and the Gunpowder, (2) Smash Hit and (3) Her and There.

You can find out more about Bobby Angel at his website: https://bobbyangel.org.

Firelight Radio Podcast
A list of recent episodes

I know what you’re thinking:

Isn’t it odd to have a guitar hosting a podcast?

Available on Apple Podcasts and Podbean

Answer: If we consider that Firelight Radio is a podcast about spreading the Nature Folk Movement (NFM), you really can’t have a “back to nature” movement without a guitar by a campfire … that’s just obvious.

As for a “talking” guitar, well the truth is, despite his looks — and yes, he does look like an acoustic guitar — he really isn’t that good at playing, or finger picking at least. That’s where the talking part comes in. (Although he does a little strumming, too).

Firelight Radio (FLR) is campfire inspired and guitar guaranteed. You're gonna hear some cracklin' (we're still working on the campfire aroma part) and you're gonna hear some strumming.  FLR is where we gather 'round the campfire to decompress and talk about what's important in life.  

In closing, I’d say this. Yes, it is a bit unique. But when it comes to the Nature Folk Movement (NFM), getting back to the campfire with a (talking) guitar is what it’s all about.

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Extras up my sleeve
If communication is key, so is creativity

Extras is actually a misnomer:

Whether it’s a podcast, watersh-editorials, a photo gallery, a narrated movie, a coffee-table (or tea if you prefer) friendly report or a power-point presentation, the driving force is communication.

Hydrology, like life, is a ladder you climb up

I could feed you boring prose until the cows come home, and you can find generic text on a topic all across the web. The purpose of Go Hydrology is to cut through the red tape and bureaucratic babble to deliver fresh water cycle right to your doorstep.

Or in other words, I may not know everything about the water, but I was brought up by dedicated if also imperfect parents (and, to be honest my older brother probably reinforced the point, only possibly trumped by my first boss, a brick and block mason, who reiterated the fact: “Whatever you do in life, produce a product.

So yes, there are more tricks up my sleeve, all driven by the mission of being constructive. Ideas that come to mind: Maps, timelines and diagrams are on my short list.

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