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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Summer Symphony

Will you stop and listen for a minute? Nature has something to tell you. Tune out the human sounds of t.v. and c.d. players, traffic noise, humming air conditioners, dogs barking, kids playing, neighbors mowing the lawns. It takes a little patience. But you can do it. What do you hear?

This is what I hear. The birds are singing. They are talking to each other. Sparrows enjoy group chats, goldfinches bounce through the sky singing a joyful oratory. Crows caw off in the distance, robins talk of nests and bugs. Bluejays call to each other loudly, or sometimes sound like a rusty gate opening. Cardinals compose love songs, chickadees talk quickly and often.

Bumblebees have no time for chit chat. There is much to do, humming as they work. Even though butterflies are silent, their flight weaves a path through the garden that would inspire a song. Dragonflies careen past with the softest of sounds, flicking by abruptly. Cicadas buzz and whine with almost electric noise.

The great trees are rarely silent, their leaves and branches moving gently in a breeze, or with a great wind they sway and wave. They rustle or creak, sometimes there is a soft swooshing sound, or a louder bristling. A most beautiful sound is the wind moving through the tall pines. Have you heard it? It truly is amazing.

At night, as you watch the fireflies flashing off and on their tiny lanterns, the sounds are less identifiable. So many night creatures buzzing, clicking, ticking, croaking, chirping, peeping. What are they? Who are they? In early summer it is not quite as loud. Soon enough though the night chorus will offer loud and long performances.

These are all free concerts. Nature is talking and singing and celebrating.

Will you listen?

10 comments:

Strell said...

Well done, Robin. Loved it....so very true. Thanks for a beautiful interpretation.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The bird section of the orchestra starts bright and early just before daybreak. And right outside my bedroom window. Can't the conductor tell them to start a little later, LOL?

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

So true, but up here in the north few birds sing now. They know they can´t have another new family after this one so there´s no use singing. But soon the grasshoppers start their symphonies instead :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Mina said...

What a beautiful chorus of nature. I am listening right now myself.

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Gail said...

Beautiful...I do wish the world would turn off the noise. I am happiest deep in nature with nothing but the life sounds.

SharleneT said...

Somebody got up on the right side of the bed! It's wonderful when you really listen to the world around you. Good instructions for today. Have fun on the Fourth and behave yourself.

Diandra said...

This is a beautiful post. I love to listen to the forest when I go running, or for a walk. And it's lovely sitting on the balcony in the evening to listen...

Jeanne said...

Wonderful post! I love to listen to the seasons. Here in the South the symphony is never silent - there is always a part of the orchestra playing (and even practicing sometimes! LOL) no matter the time of year. I think the World would be a better place if more people would stop and listen.

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Magic Love Crow said...

What a beautiful post Robin ;o) I try to listen to the great concert outside, all the time. It's so magical! Have a fantastic day! Hugs ;o)