Sounds of Spring . . .

“All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.”
 ~ Rudolf Steiner

The discussion on my local radio station this morning was about sounds … sounds you hate and sounds you love. As I listened, I began coming up with a list of my favorite sounds, too … crackling fires, popping corn, an acoustic guitar, laughter (especially a child’s giggle), crunching snow, a purring cat, a familiar voice, … my seemingly very indoor and wintery list began to grow much faster after a quick trip outside to fill the bird feeders ….

Northern Minnesota is enjoying an unusually warm March. Instead of our typical cold winds and late winter blizzards, we are bathing in 40º weather, melting snow, light rain and the return of animal life to the woods.

One of the most surprising aspects of the return of Spring is the sound it makes. Compared to months of the snow muffled, dead silence of winter the new Spring sounds that greet you as you walk out the door are almost shocking. The water from the melting snow running in the ditches and dripping off the roof, the dead leaves and twigs breaking as the animals venture out, woodpeckers drumming and the most noticeable of all … the singing birds. Although some remain here all year, like the chickadees, they don’t really sing with enthusiasm until now … “chick-a-dee-dee- dee” and “cheeessse-burger” melodies currently fill my yard.

The robin’s song will be here any day and we look forward to the croaking frogs, crickets and the rustle of new leaves on the trees …. and one of my favorite nature sounds of all … loons singing and splashing on the lake at night.

One wintery sound I will really miss when Spring is here for good, is the sound of hibernating bears Lily and her new cub Hope. If you have not visited bear.org to see these new reality stars of nature, visit very soon. There are only a few more weeks of den viewing … Lily will be taking Hope out into the world soon. (the highlight videos on Facebook are excellent ways to get your bear sounds fix, too). For even more info on Lily Bear check out my January post, too.

Sounds, like some smells, hit emotional memories for us … there is no way to truly describe those sounds clearly to anyone else. We each hear them differently … but, that is okay … taking the time to practice the art of listening is what is most important … you can learn a lot about your world and yourself, if you take the time to really listen to the sounds of your life.
(to listen to bird songs, try: http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp
or a more scientific site of bird songs: http://www.naturesongs.com/birdspecies.html)

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~ by bearyweather on March 13, 2010.

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