Winter Windstorm

spruce stand in winter by Lang Elliott

During the winter, I busy myself with creative work in my studio but try to keep in touch with what is happening out in wild nature. For a long time, I’ve wanted to get a powerful “elemental” soundscape featuring winter wind blowing through pines or spruces, and on February 28 the opportunity to do just that came blowing my way.

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! Just to prime my spring-centric pump, I spent an hour this morning rummaging through some of my favorite springtime soundscapes from previous years and I soon uncovered a true delight … Hickory Mound Meadow, a lovely dawn chorus from early May featuring the gentle gurgle of a spring freshet along with a variety of bird songs … such a delicious taste of things to come!

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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