Logo - 250pxWelcome to “Meanderings,” my nature celebration blog!

Just in case you’re wondering, I’ve named my blog “Meanderings” because my path to praising nature is rather unpredictable, curvaceous, moving this way and that, yet always flowing in the same direction, converging upon the same end … that of celebrating the wonder and beauty of nature near at hand!

Thoughts of Spring

Hickory Mound Meadow © Lang Elliott

Spring is just around the corner! Here in upstate New York, Jefferson’s Salamanders migrated less than a week ago, the woodpeckers are drumming like crazy and I heard a cardinal singing in my yard this very morning. How exciting this is … such a delicious taste of things to come!

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Meadow Rainsong

Meadow in Light Rain by Lang Elliott

Light rain falls upon an overgrown meadow shortly after sunrise. Rivulets wind across the clearing, draining away excess water from the receding storm. The sun, peeping through the clouds, throws a broad beam of light across the clearing as birds burst into song in excited anticipation of the coming day.

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Meltwater Melodies – Podcast

Three Sisters Mountains © Lang Elliott

Hi Friends! I’ve just published Meltwater Melodies, an 11-minute binaural podcast recounting my visit to Oregon’s Cascade Mountains high country in mid-June of last year. My adventure only lasted a day, but I managed to snag a number of wonderful spacious recordings featuring various birds and frogs, along with the soothing sounds of meltwater brooks. You’ll hear songs and calls of the following, listed in the order of appearance: Hermit Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Crow, woodpecker drums, Varied Thrush, American Robin, Sierra Chorus Frog, Common Nighthawk, Dark-eyed Junco, and more.

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Wind Over the Ridge

Don your headphones and join me on a windy ridge in Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Experience and enjoy a soothing binaural immersion featuring a panoply of bird songs typical of high altitude spruce-fir forest in the southern Appalachians.

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A Most Beautiful Robin

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area - from forestwander.com

During all my travels, I’m constantly on the lookout (or rather, “earout”) for the most beautiful robin song. Over the years, I’ve gathered dozens of binaural soundscapes featuring this delicacy, and some are quite nice to behold. But I do believe that the song I recorded at Cranberry Glades Botanical Area in late May of the year 2000 is the finest of them all.

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Wood Thrushes Countersinging

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Here’s a lovely 6.5 minute soundscape that I just uncovered … two Wood Thrushes singing back-and-forth at dawn, recorded in hardwood forest at Land Between the Lakes Kentucky way back in 1995, about the time I began gathering binaural soundscapes. I rather like it and think it’s a powerful reminder of things to come (yep, SPRING is just around the corner, believe me!).

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Mindfulness and Nature Soundscapes

Sunrise by Siobhan McClory

As an experiment in the realm of nature sounds and meditation, I just collaborated with meditation expert Allen Weiss who heads up Mindful USC, a mindfulness program at the University of Southern California. Allen trained with Buddhist practitioner Jack Kornfield, perhaps the most well-known proponent of mindfulness meditation in the United States. What we did is pretty simple. I took two of Allen’s guided meditations … “Nature and Open Awareness” and “Listening Deeply to Nature (Open Mind)” … and added background nature soundscapes …

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Forest Drizzle Meditation

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Hi all! I have finally made the decision to re-boot my podcast and I’m considering my options. The long podcasts that I published near the beginning of my western trip last spring took way too long to produce … several days at the least. Given that I’m not being paid to create podcasts, I’m trying to figure out if there’s an easier way. In this post, I’m presenting one possibility, and that is to focus on “soundscape meditations,” providing brief narrated introductions followed by at least several minutes of “pure nature” …

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Aravaipa Waterscapes

Aravaipa Canyon scenic © Lang Elliott

During my travels in the spring and early summer of 2017, I made three visits to the remote and picturesque Aravaipa Canyon in southeastern Arizona, truly an “oasis” in the desert. In spite of numerous jet overflights (going to and from Phoenix), I was able to collect many supremely immersive and relaxing soundscapes, most including the gurgling of the year-round Aravaipa Creek that passes through the canyon …

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Okanagon Thrushscape

Baldy Mountain Landscape  by Lang Elliott

As most of you know, I gathered soundscapes throughout the American West last spring and summer. Toward the end of my trip, I traveled as far north as British Columbia, homing-in on the Okanagon Valley region. Recording was difficult due to breezy weather, but there was one calm morning and I managed to snag an excellent soundscape featuring three Swainson’s Thrushes singing in Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa) in the mountains to the east of Oliver, B.C.

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Thunder Crickets

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While digging through old recordings in search of those I think are suitable for relaxation, meditation and healing, I came across this jewel. I’m calling it “Thunder Crickets” and it portrays a thunderstorm passing near a shrubby meadow in late September, here in my homeland of upstate New York …

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Porcupine Panderings

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Ever heard a Porcupine squeal in the dark of the night? Well, I heard and recorded a squealing porcupine long ago in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and that’s why I was able to identify the source of the mysterious sounds I captured just a few weeks ago in my beloved Shindagin Hollow. What a wonderful vocalization, so animated and full of emotion …

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