My walk this week took me wandering round the garden on a bright August day. I was sitting watching the birds flutter and fight over the feeder outside my studio where I was weaving and thinking about the similar aural textures of my activity and that of the birds.
If you listen to the soundscape below you may understand what I mean, but it could just be my imagination. Being able to get out, or at least look at, the natural environments around me is essential to my wellbeing. Looking, listening, photographing and recording my garden and the landscapes around me, and producing StillWalks videos and this blog, allows me to revisit these places at any time – and I do!
The real thing will always provide the best experience but the requirement to focus my attention on the sights and sounds through the images and soundscapes I produce also provides a respite of calmness. Even when the photos and sounds are of a wilder environment, the change of scene from a busy working day or overactive brain inspires peacefulness and just those few minutes can help me re-focus my mind and help me see things from a different perspective.
The colours, patterns, textures, sounds; the life in the garden, whatever stage of the season it is at, is entertaining to watch and document and though we have not put much effort into crop production this year, I look forward to what we will have in the way of fruit if nothing else.
So click the play button or soundscape title above for a listen and then the first image below to see the full images in sequence (not available like this on the mobile WordPress Reader in which case click the Visit button via the … menu or open in your mobile’s internet browser).