Three days ago I went for a Listening Walk. I hadn't intended to; initially I was heading out for a brisk walk to stretch my legs. But the wind blowing through distant trees sounded like the ocean waves upon rocks. Then it roared through, bending tree boughs above, leaving in its wake a breeze that rattled the desiccated beech leaves still clinging to twigs.
Other things I heard, as I stood still for a few minutes:
honking geese flying overhead
tree trunks creaking as they swayed
maple leaves skittering across snow crust
the dee-dee of chickadees
engine of ATV down the road
This week take a few moments to stop and listen to the sounds around you - distant noises and those nearby, natural sounds and those made by people, machine-generated noises and those made by living things.
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