A Forest Orchestra

     I am drawn to the quiet of the forest.  At least I think of the forest as quiet because I don’t hear the cacophanous sounds of cars, telephones, and television. 

     As I sit on the ground in the woods down below our house, I tune in to the sounds I do hear.  And there are many.  But unlike some of the sounds of human activity, the forest sounds are soothing, calming.  After a matter of seconds, I feel different.  Just as I have gone down into the forest, I feel I have gone down into myself as well.  A quiet well-being grows within my body, and my mind is peaceful. 

     As I settle in to listen, I have a sense of myself as  the audience, present to the performance of an orchestra.   From all directions, the dominant sound is the buzz of crickets.  Far off to my left, the buzzing is building to a crescendo.  Then it fades, and as it does, I begin to notice those crickets off to the right.  Now they are growing louder.  Suddenly they stop, with no decrescendo at all.  It takes the absence of their sound to make me realize just how loud they were.  Out of the silence grows a soft buzzing from nowhere in particular, and from down the hill comes a pulsing rhythm.  Maybe another type of cricket;  maybe another creature.   

     Other  ‘instruments’ weigh in.  An unseen pewee adds its sweet, questioning song.  I hear staccato chips from a cardinal.  Fluttering wings whisper, and then a breeze blows through the ‘orchestra,’ creating the grand whisper of thousands of leaves.   An insect flies by. 

     Then there are the occasional accents from the percussion section.  A high-up twig breaks and falls.  Its downward journey registers through bumps on wood and the shaking of leaves.  An acorn, premature, lets go and drops, settling with a muffled thud into dead leaves on the ground.  

     Like an orchestra, the sounds of the forest work together to create a pleasing whole.  And why wouldn’t they?  The ‘forest orchestra’ reflects the wholeness of the forest, where its member species thrive together in true harmony.–April Moore


4 Responses to “A Forest Orchestra”

  1. Joan Brundage Says:

    Thanks, April. I love the sounds of nature also and find them very healing. I am presently reading a fabulous book about sound and sound pollution I think you would greatly enjoy –”The Power of Sound” by Joshua Leeds. He talks about the power of nature sounds and their healing energies.

  2. De Herman Says:

    Wonderful analogy, April. As I’m writing this the crickets and cicadas are playing their songs right outside the window…

  3. Gail Says:

    Reading this piece, joining you in your listening and adding my presence to the orchestra in a spiritual way, I am carried to the thoughts of what constitute this natural harmony. To our hearing senses there are interesting sounds blending and to our eyes there is shading and form and color. But, like looking into a microscope at a drop of pond water there are myriads of life cycles intermingling, from the macro to the intfinitesimal of dividing amoebas. I love the idea of the overlapping cycles, the food chains, at the same time feeling sad that so much clashing has evolved in creating harmony and balance. I need to return to acceptance of what is and enjoy othe symphony.

    Blessings to your day dear blogger.

  4. Jame Soucier Says:

    At last, someone who is on my wavelength

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