Having recently been given an opportunity to become a brand ambassador for Fenix Lighting I took great pleasure in testing and reviewing their new HP30R headlamp. Fenix has the tagline “illuminate your adventure” and that’s exactly what this light will do for you! Being used to my trusty Fenix HP25 for the last 3 years I was reluctant to change but this is a worthy upgrade and you’ll thank yourself once you purchase yours.
I recently tested the Fenix HP30R on one of my Catching Creation filming adventures and from the moment I pushed the buttons to illuminate this intensely bright 1750 lumen (max combined output) headlamp I was impressed. The Fenix HP30R uses Cree XM-L2 and XP-G2 R5 LED’s which give you a really even white light that will quickly make you the envy of your friends on nocturnal adventures with the floodlight topping out at 750 lumens and spotlight at a whopping 1000 lumens.
This light does get quite warm and actually has a built-in feature that once the light reaches a temperature that is approx. 149 degrees Fahrenheit (65*C) it will downshift the light output and then as it cools it will slowly return to the previous output. If you’re like me and you want to run this thing at full blast with the spotlight and flood light both at their max lumen output then you will run into this issue. Both the flood and spot light in their own right are most likely brighter than anything you’re currently using and when used together they give you a good mix of bright flood with a focused spotlight. It took close to two hours for my light to overheat and start downshifting its output so in the grand scheme of things that is not a bad tradeoff.
I’ve never used a headlamp that had to be belt mounted and I was a bit apprehensive as to whether or not I would like this configuration. Once I got the battery pack settled in a comfortable spot I immediately forgot I had a wire running down my back to a power source on my belt. I will advise, however, that if you’re wearing a backpack to consider your placement because the only minor downside is that if you are a taller person sometimes you can accidentally unplug the light from its base if you bend over as I did a few times in the woods. This minor inconvenience is far outweighed by the stellar performance of this light.
The coolest part about the battery pack, with its rechargeable Li-On 18650 batteries, is that you can not only push a button to check the battery level with an indicator light but you can also charge your devices with the built-in USB and Micro USB ports. I do a lot of filming with GoPro cameras and Smart phones as secondary cameras in the field and having a portable charger that doubles as a remarkable light is truly a great addition to any adventure.
While filming in the humid deciduous forests of South Carolina, where I recently used this light, it dwarfed the lights of those with me, illuminated my entire field of view, and lasted the length of my adventure deep into the early morning. The HP30R is a game changer for anyone that spends a lot of time outdoors after dark. When you’re in habitat riddled with vipers, rock outcrops, and uneven terrain this light will become your best friend. It takes the mystery out of where you’re putting your feet and truly turns night into day. If you’re looking for the last headlamp you’ll ever need to buy then look no further than the Fenix HP30R.
Leaping Lizards in the North Carolina Sandhills
Come Join the Adventure as Stan and the Catching Creation team re-visit the North Carolina Sandhills and film several species of lizard, snake, and some frog species. Have you ever seen a legless lizard? What about a spade foot toad? Did you think we'd NOT film snakes while down here? Of course we did! We were able to incorporate drone footage and some stellar close ups of animals as we spend hours in the North Carolina Sandhills. I hope you enjoy our most recent adventure and be sure to share!
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!
If you're interested in checking out my documentary called "Hammer Down" about my tour in Iraq and the men I served with you can now do so online for free! We have made the film available over at our film website http://www.hammerdownfilm.com/watch/ so be sure to check it out. It has been many years in the making and specifically the last year and a half of hard work to make this thing a reality. https://vimeo.com/162833061
Woo Hoo! After working on my back yard habitat a bit and mowing tonight I found a beautiful garter snake! Check out the video below. Leave a comment on the video on youtube about all the cool things you're finding in your backyard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbDQRM_dieM
Hey guys, I know I know it's been a minute since I've posted, but don't fret there's going to be lots more coming soon along with updates and all sorts of goodies so hold on to your snake hooks cause it's gonna be gnarly! I decided to make an update video to my video from a while back about my Tegu, Bucky, and basically just checking in and letting everyone know I'm still alive! haha God is good and there are some cool things in the works that I can't wait to share with you. https://youtu.be/HPYfQWUoZQg
Last week I had the awesome opportunity to go on our local Christian radio station, WBFJ and share some of my passions with the listeners. I brought Rosie my red tailed boa constrictor into the studio for an illustration about the weight of sin as well as a conservation message about how awesome snakes were. Here's the full interview: [embed]https://youtu.be/8bacqY39k0s[/embed]
I also decided to break it up into a few smaller clips so if you can't listen to the full 16:14 minute interview feel free to check out these shorter snippets from the program.
WBFJ Radio Interview
Recently I had the opportunity to be interviewed by our local Christian radio station, WBFJ, by Verne Hill about my ministry. It was quite a bit of fun hanging out in the studio and sharing about my devotional book "Whispers In The Woods" along with other aspects of my ministry. You can watch a snippet of the interview on my YouTube Channel and if you'd like to listen to the whole thing in it's entirety you can click HEREor the links below.
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Possum Catching 101
So in today's lesson entitled "Possum Catching 101" I will discuss the do's and don'ts regarding the capture of Virginia opossums aka the 'possum. While preparing for this episode I scoured youtube to see if I could find anything on the proper technique for catching Virginia Opossums. Sadly there didn't exist anything even remotely close. There were several shaky low quality videos of vertically shot cell phone footage but nothing remotely educational. I took this as a challenge to myself and the Catching Creation team and we set out on our mission to bare hand catch possums.
If you decide to throw caution to the wind, call up your adventurous friends and launch into a full scale possum wrangling adventure, you're going to need a few things. For starters you really want to have at least one other friend with you. Someone you can trust in even the most dire of possum related injuries, someone to corroborate your story to the cops and most importantly someone to hold the flashlight while you run giggling toward the toothy marsupial. I would suggest a good pair of leather gloves to protect your fragile little hands from the razor sharp teeth of the Virginia opossum.
Long sleeves will help prevent any bites and sneaky claw slashes to your arms and they will make you look cool too. Long sleeves are in, didn't you know? It is winter after all. One item that is a must for a successful possum expedition is an all terrain vehicle. Whether it's a four wheel drive SUV or, as in our case, an ATV like the TERYX that we used in this episode; you're gonna need wheels.
Lastly you're going to want to find some pasture land that has been recently fertilized with the most aromatic chicken fertilizer available. If you don't live in close proximity to a pasture and have the misfortune of living in an urban or suburban area, have no fear, just look for the most raunchy dumpster you can find. You will be sure to find hungry possums behind a local McDonalds scavenging for stale indestructible fries and left over McRib trimmings.
I will offer a word of caution, however, for those city dwelling possums. Those guys can be sneakier than their country cousins and the urban possums have been known to carry switch blade knives, so be on your A game when dealing with those wily creatures of the night.
Above all else make sure you treat the animals with respect, keep safe while observing these amazing creatures and have fun! This has been Possum Catching 101. Happy hunting.
Are You Obedient Like A Dog?
If you have ever spent time with a well-trained and good-natured dog you can understand the joy they bring to us in their obedience. The situation seems to be quite the opposite when you encounter a dog that is lacking in proper training. The same is true for human beings. When we make a profession of faith but lack obedience to Christ it creates an atmosphere similar to the wild dog. People tend to remember the crazy behavior and abrasive experience and it takes quite a while to repair the damage of disobedience.
2 John 1:6 says, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” When we walk in obedience to Christ and follow His commands we are truly showing the love that He demands of us. When we truly understand the teachings of Jesus and are obedient to them, we can genuinely walk in truth with the love of Christ. Are you obedient like a dog?
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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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My book "Whispers In The Woods" is finally available in a printed format! I am very excited to announce that it's currently for sale in the Amazon Createspace store and in a few short days it will also be live on Amazon.com.
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Life And Death In The Sandhills
Check out our newest episode "Life and Death in the Sandhills" In this episode we travel to one of my favorite spots that we often frequent. We found a cottonmouth, corn snake, dead rattle snake, and other things. I hope you enjoy our adventure!
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Check out this clip that didn't make the cut for the episode about a box turtle who didn't make it across the road. It's increasingly more common to see these guys on busy roads being mutilated by distracted drivers. Do your part and help conserve this amazing animal by paying attention to the road ways. Always move turtles in the direction they were traveling. Catchingcreation.com
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What's the difference between Poison and Venom? Check out this week's Catching Creation episode and find out!
Copperhead vs Northern Water Snake
In this week's episode of Catching Creation we travel to Iredell County, North Carolina, to Chance's homeland to ride ATV's, play in creeks, learn about plants and see some cool snakes. We learn that snake's aren't evil and we can easily determine whether or not a snake is venomous by a few key features by showing a copperhead vs a northern water snake. Some of those characteristics include shape of the eye, shape of the head and pattern. Chance teaches us about colocasia plants in the "plants with chance segment" and I get punked by a horse. Come be a part of the adventure and subscribe!
Recently I had the opportunity to drive down to one of my favorite spots, the Sandhills of NC, to look for wildlife. I was fortunate enough to find a snake I had previously only longed to find. The Southern Hognose snake, similar to the western hognose that I use in my programs. Like all hognose snakes, this guy puts on an amazing threat display and it did not disappoint. These guys are getting increasingly more rare in NC due to habitat loss and other issues like invasion of fire ants in their habitat. I look at these amazing animals and thank God for his creativity. Only a loving designer could create such a remarkable animal!
I Got A New Snake
As many of you know, my snow corn snake mysteriously died a couple weeks ago and since it was a vital part of my show I was really distraught. God laid it on someone's heart to donate to my ministry and that allowed me to get a new one. Woo Hoo I got a new snake! I ordered my new snow corn snake yesterday online and it was shipped over night from LLL Reptiles in California. They had a sale on adult corn snakes and I jumped on it. Very pleased with the transaction. Great customer service and flawless delivery. Praise God! Check them out at http://www.lllreptile.com/
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