My walk this week is a one way walk across our local marsh to the old St Teilo’s churchyard. I have walked this route many times before, and posted about it, but on this occasion the marsh grass is taller than I have seen it for several years – and they are my favourite aspect of the marsh.
Bending as it does in the wind, and curving round to see the sun, it appears to me to be dancing – a busy chorus line of uniform activity responding to the elements and singing in their dry rustley voices as the breeze shuffles them together. Below I have included a sound clip of this rustle which, if the volume is up, can sound a bit like running water – it is, however, the dry tickety-ticketing rustle of the grasses moving against each other in the breeze.
Marsh Grass Rustle
The soundscape for this walk is more complete. The sun was shining through the tall, dry, wind-blown grasses and the tide was low, revealing the muddy banks of the river. The M4 motorway formed an aural backdrop but when I sat by the river, behind the old churchyard wall, much of this disappeared and the ambience of the open space became calmer.
Marshes Churchyard Soundscape
Click the play button above and then the first image to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.