The Tonal Textures of Trees

Last Sunday morning it was wet but not enough to stop me going for a walk through the woods. It is a mixed, managed wood with the deciduous trees being higher up on the hill and the coniferous lining the main footpath.

I took the high path for my walk and whilst the soft ground underfoot was in keeping with the soft texture of the sounds around me, one of the most enjoyable (apart from the birds) was the changing sound of the wind as I moved from the deciduous area to the coniferous. You may think it is quite subtle or that it is just the wind rising, but in fact it is the change to the coniferous foliage that has caused the change in the sound. This takes place around the 3:44 mark in what is a 5+ minute recording.

Look at the photos and then play the sound clip and close your eyes to be taken there! Enjoy 🙂

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  1. First of all, thanks to all the people who give me Likes for any and all of my blog posts. I appreciate that some of them may be “automatic” and that is OK though, of course, those that are not are even more appreciated. On this post I would really like to know if people actually listen to the sound clip or at least a part of it and tell me what they thought. As the only way for you to know these particular woods is through the photos, does the sound do anything for you?

  2. I am loving listening to your clips and looking at your photos. I wish I had come across your blog when I was bed-bound – it would have been so uplifting! I lived in Galloway for ten years and hearing the birds and sounds on your other post was simply delightful. It’s a very special thing you’re doing and brings life to the photos. I think too that this blog would be wonderful for older folk who are less physically able and can’t see and hear as well as they used to… Keep it up, it’s definitely appreciated!

    • Thank you very much. StillWalks is currently being trialled in care homes and research is being as to its value as a resource for health and wellbeing.

      • That’s fantastic to know – I worked in care homes for a wee while and many of the residents had been shipped away from places they knew and loved to be nearer family. One particular lady had spent her whole life on a farm in Aberdeenshire and was finishing her days in central Bristol – this would have been perfect to lower her distress levels. I’ll spread it far and wide….

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