My walk this week is my first of 2019 and I realised, while walking, that my first walk of every year for the last 18 years or so has been this same walk. Normally it would be with my wife and we would be walking, rather than driving, because I would not have been driving on New Year’s Eve.

trees and blue sky

My wife didn’t have her walking shoes with her and although I was sorry not to walk with her at the start of the year, this did give me  a better opportunity to stop and take photographs and do a little field recording, albeit on my phone.

It was a beautiful day with a blue sky and warm sun (for the time of year) but despite this I decided that some of the images should be monochrome.

The unseasonal conditions were a very good way to start the new year as 2018 had provided me with a number of challenges(!), the greatest of which was both my parents dying within a week of each other. I like to think that they are still seeing my blog posts and would enjoy this one as much as any of the others.

1st January Soundscape

Click the play button above and then the first image to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.

The recording below is less a soundscape as a sound clip and although it is shorter than usual, it is typical of the suburban aural landscape with a mixture of background traffic overlaid with birdsong. You can hear both simultaneously (obviously), or you can listen to either – not because I have separated them, but just by focusing your ears to the individual, and distinct pitches.

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