Detect The Music Of Nature

November 9, 2011

Nature, ZArchive (Old Blog)

The author, Kate Chopin, once wrote:

I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe?
One of the things I’ve loved about being outside so much lately is the slowing down of everything, the opportunity to just enjoy fresh air and feel the warmth of sunlight.  It is a music of the universe.

The botanical gardens have a giant wind chime in one of the trees.  It’s a pleasant enough sound, but not as pleasant as listening to the wind through the drying leaves of fall, the insects still chirping, the birds who are still singing.

I would encourage all of you to enjoy the last days of autumn’s warmth and the sun on your face.  Already there are days when the wind is too chilly to stay outside very long.  Parts of the country have had snow and will have more soon.  I’m not ready to come in yet, but I don’t think I have much choice about it.

Surprisingly, I took this picture on the way home from work.  As I watched the sunset unfold, I pulled into a school parking lot and grabbed my camera.  A sunset like this is also a song of the universe.

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12 Comments on “Detect The Music Of Nature”

  1. CMSmith Says:

    Beautiful photo. I’m glad you caught it. I was driving home today and was on the crest of a hill overlooking a valley with small houses in the distance. Above the house sun rays shot out around the edges of what looked almost like a plate of clouds. The clouds, the rays and the houses made an incredible picture. I wanted to take it with my iPhone, but I was driving and there was no place to stop.

    A missed opportunity.

    • dogear6 Says:

      I nearly missed this one too. It started while I was on the expressway. I was really surprised when I got off 20 minutes later that it will still going. Most sunsets around here only last for a few minutes and are not very spectacular.

  2. pixilated2 Says:

    A song? Nay, a chorus of Heaven! Thank you for catching and sharing this wonderment.
    ~ Lynda

  3. gambill gals Says:

    What a beautiful photo!

  4. Lynda K Says:

    Beautiful photo and beautiful, resonating post! I haven’t read Kate Chopin in ages and had forgotten how lyrical she can be. Now you’ve reminded me to revisit her, hopefully on a day nice enough to do so outside.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • dogear6 Says:

      I’ve not read Kate Chopin, although my daughter did in high school. Sitting outside on a nice day sounds like a great way to revisit her. And you’re welcome!

  5. pattisj Says:

    Love the photo, I could hear the music.

  6. Steve Schwartzman Says:

    Great sunset. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cloud formation like that.

    As for fall, here in central Texas the afternoon temperatures the last few days have been near 80°.

    Steve Schwartzman

    • dogear6 Says:

      I haven’t seen a cloud formation like that either. Something was going on – both sunrise and sunset that day were extremely vivid and colorful and went on for a long time – 20 to 30 minutes. I don’t know if the fire in the Great Dismal Swamp (yes, it’s called that) flared up or what, but the sky was very unusual overall.

      Texas weather is finally moderating! Thankfully it finally cooled off here too.