October 22nd, 2012

As our planet becomes increasingly crowded, finding a quiet, natural, tranquil place to listen to pure nature becomes harder. Even in the rural area of deep southern Illinois you have to really try hard to find a place where the man-made sounds aren’t everywhere. However, I found just such a place on September 9th, 2012 at the Cache River State Natural Area. This very peaceful recording was made at around 3:00PM in a grassy field bordering a small pond. The pure, droning sound of the insects of late summer make this soundscape almost hypnotic. If you listen closely towards the middle and end of this recording, you can hear the pleasant chipping of sparrows and the not so pleasant call of a crow off in the distance.
Recording made with the Handy/Zoom H4N recorder, using the internal built-in stereo microphones. I mounted my recorder on a small tripod literally 3 inches from the ground so my recorder was actually hidden in the grasses and goldenrods of late summer.


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