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Shades of Green


Shades of Green - A Walk in the Woods

Let’s go for a walk; a walk around your local wood or park. It’s early morning and there’s only you and maybe one or two dog walkers about. The grass is still wet with dew. You follow a pathway through the bluebells. There’s hardly a sound. Weak sunshine filters through the branches. You breathe the fresh air - and smell the scent of pine trees. Presently you come to a small clearing; The air is cool, but comfortable. You pause for a moment. The leaves on the trees shift and sway in the gentle breeze making a moving dappled pattern on the ground before you. The sun warms your face. Your eyes close ...

Continue your walk and listen, really listen - you hear the sounds of the day waking up; and birds singing. Just a few at first then more birds as you tune in. You are surrounded by birdsong. What birds do you hear - perhaps a Song Thrush, a Willow Warbler and isn’t that a Wren. What you hear is down to you as you add in some of your favourite birdsongs to the mix. Play them together, yes together (a nifty quirk of WordPress). Create your own soundscape ...

Enjoy your walk!



The featured image is of Friend's Clump on the Ashdown Forest, from an original oil on canvas by Alison Berry (reproduced with permission). Alison painted it during the Summer a few years ago when she spent many days just painting the Forest.

Here is a link to her Web Site. She paints stunning pictures so do take a look ...

Alison Berry

Alison is an artist running Art Classes in Hartfield and Coleman’s Hatch, East Sussex and creative workshops, called “Paint Like…..” events for small and sometimes very large groups.

Alison‘s art encourages “stepping outside”; she observes and takes part in the random everyday chaos along with everyone else, and makes work which involves viewing this experience from a distance, drawing out timeless themes and contradictions [...]

Ashdown Forest is famous of course as the magical landscape that inspired one of the world’s best loved children’s stories, the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh.

The birdsong recordings are used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs4.0 license. These and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world.

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May 21, 2022 4:02 pm

Hi there, Clive, good to hear from you (sorry about the pun). I took a walk and listened as suggested, but I didn’t hear all your birds as I live on the edge of a town and not near a wood. Missing here, were the Blackcap and the warblers. A male and female blackcap used to regularly visit the garden over the winter but we’ve not seen them for several years. Hope all is good with you and yours! 🙋‍♂️

Reply to  Clive Bennett
May 21, 2022 5:54 pm

Did I miss something here? There’s a blank rectangle halfway down which I thought was an advertisement, so ignored it but now I see that there is a message “this page has been blocked by an extension”.

May 21, 2022 6:03 pm

This is magic!

Deborah Vass
May 21, 2022 7:38 pm

I love this time of year and want to make it linger. A beautiful celebration of greenness and lovely to hear your reading too!

JC home
May 21, 2022 7:48 pm

So good to hear from you. I really look forward to your posts. Everything seems to come from the heart.
You paint such a beautiful picture of the best part of the day. So calm. So peaceful. Yet the birds are hard at work.

Josie Holford
June 7, 2022 3:11 am

Magical sound scape from the birds. Thank you.

Ed Leathers / Sabishī
June 12, 2022 1:10 pm

I love this post! I did, as you recommended, play all the birdsongs together, and it was as if I were there, when I closed my eyes. Thanks for the Alison Berry painting, the sound of your voice reading the beautiful haiku, and allowing me to walk with you through the woods. Shinrin roku is an important part of my life. Thanks for sharing this with us, Clive!

Mary Strong-Spaid
June 27, 2022 8:51 am

Wow! It’s 3 am in the morning and I can’t sleep. I just played all of the sound links at the same time (as you suggested), and it was just like being outside surrounded by birds singing. How wonderful and comforting this is!

Mary Spaid
Reply to  Clive Bennett
June 27, 2022 6:48 pm

The sounds of all the bird songs calmed my worried mind!

June 27, 2022 5:59 pm

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