Thursday, May 31, 2012

The First Year of Parenthood

In the last year and 8 months, I feel that I've had to quickly adapt to life as a parent. Now, don't get me wrong, I've always thought I'd probably have kids. I just never thought much about the day it would come. In fact, our first kid, August Falcon Axil, came as a surprise when Haley took a pregnancy test during one of our Untamed Science shoots. She wasn't feeling all that great and low and behold, we found the answer!

Baby August enjoying a cake
August enjoying his first cake!
Since the day in October of 2010 that we found out, we've been through all the stages of pregnancy, and the whole first year of being parents. Let me just say, it made my life much more difficult. I wouldn't want to do it without him though. We bought a house, fixed it up, rebuilt our studio, and spent countless hours awake to a crying baby. But, every-time I look at him he makes me laugh. 

No longer am I the same self-guided person. Now I have a family and I'm really starting to like the fact that I'm a Dad!  I think I can really get used to it. I feel I have a lot to share. Here is a short video I made for Haley and August over the course of the last year, that I think recaps the whole experience well!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Conservation in the Deep Sea

If you think about it for a second, the majority of livable space on the planet is actually found in the deep sea. If you've ever watched a documentary about the deep sea, you've probably also heard a scientist exclaim that we know little about it. I'm sure James Cameron would agree, given he's put the deep sea back in the news as of late.

Recently, we were able to take a trip to the lightless zones of the ocean in a home-made sub. On the trip, we passed a drifting fishing net (something that if they got tangled in, they wouldn't be around today for this podcast). This fishing net was the inspiration for this week's podcast on ocean conservation.

In this episode, Haley explains the main threats to the deep sea, with the largest problem now being ocean trawling. Hopefully, this sheds a bit of light to a problem that seems not well understood by much of the public.

In addition, we actually have really great page on the deep sea with two other great videos (our submersible video and the six gill shark piece).

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Baby August's First Snake

We wanted to give August an early chance to not hate snakes. I think it worked. I just hope the snake doesn't start to hate August.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Presenting on the deep sea

We were guest lecturers today at the new NRC in Raliegh! Here we are outside the giant dome... That got struck by lightning when we were presenting! To see the videos we've done on the deep sea, check out this page ...