Sounds of Nature

crabapple - Malus

crabapple – Malus

“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colours, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.”  – Rainer Maria Rilke

Have you ever thought of what it would be like if all of the actions of nature were accompanied by sound? I hadn’t until I read this quote and honestly, the thought is quite unnerving yet fascinating simultaneously. Just consider this for a moment. If left to its own devices with no interference from humans, nature works perfectly. Everything has its task to do and all functions as it should. If each blooming flower, for instance, made a series of sounds while opening would that particular progression meld beautifully with the growing and lengthening sound bite of a blade of grass? Or would the audio be off-putting? Perhaps Nature does provide a soundtrack, we just don’t hear what’s playing.








10 thoughts on “Sounds of Nature

  1. My sense is that there are sounds, and we just don’t “hear” them. I think we can sense them though. Just like I think we can sense emotions. Life is amazing, isn’t it?Check this out…

  2. I agree whole-heartedly Cyndi that we sense the interaction with plants through feelings of energy, if you will, rather than sound. Interesting video…thanks for sharing.
    Life is incredible! 😀

  3. Sound is merely the movement of air, so no doubt the blooming of a flower does make a sound. Our ears just are not sensitive enough to hear it. It is interesting to wonder what it would sound like if we could.
    As an aside, Mankind too is part of nature. For us to no longer be here would be as sad and as a much of a loss to the world as any other species that has died out. We did not impose ourselves on the world, we evolved with it. Now if we (Mankind) could just learn to be better stewards/partners/siblings of it (the world/the rest of nature), we’d all be better off.
    Wish you a wonderful day 🙂

    • I think that’s the ticket, isn’t it? That humans’ sense of hearing just isn’t capable (at this point) to hear the sounds that plants make.
      I love that you pointed out how humanity too is a part of Nature. We most certainly are but we all need to be more conscious of our actions with the purpose of being a part of the whole. Thanks for the great comment. Enjoy your day as well. 🙂

  4. I also feel that the sounds are there and that we just can’t hear them. I believe in a time when we will not just see but also hear those things we can’t hear or see at the moment. I don’t mean some place called heaven, but a growing consciousness right here in this reality. That development and growth in us is happening now, right here. Great post Melissa

  5. You (and Rilke) make a good point. Even on a “macro” scale we are aware of many of our limitations. Birds, butterflies, and turtles navigate thousands of miles with complete accuracy. Many animals and insects can see into the infrared and ultraviolet and hear sounds at frequencies that we are deaf to. Bats and dolphins use echo-location for navigating, hunting and for “seeing” their surroundings. Many creatures can sense (and use) electric and magnetic fields.

    Humans are just another creature which has evolved the particular skills and senses it needs to survive.

    • It’s quite astonishing how versatile and wondrous Nature and all its creatures are, isn’t it? Thanks for commenting Daniel, and broadening the topic to include other characteristics of Nature that we often overlook.

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