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June Meadows

A Calendar of Haiku - June

‘His [Yellowhammer] song is but a few bars repeated, yet it has a pleasing and soothing effect in the drowsy warmth of summer’.

Birds of a Southern County – Richard Jefferies

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Timeless Moments

Timeless Moments

Some musings from my nature diaries ... timeless moments.

I’ve travelled the ways of Richard Jefferies much of my life - even before reading the Story of my Heart in my mid teens - I went for long solitary walks in the fields and woods, on hills and downs and by the rivers and lakes, of ‘Jefferies Land’ - seeking solace in nature; questing the nature of the universe, and ‘sun life’.

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Songs of Wild Birds

Originally posted on March 9, 2019 @ 2:47 pm

Songs of Wild Birds

Beatific in its own right birdsong often ‘springs the catch of memory’ - like dandelion clocks drifting in the air, catching the sun ... [a] timeless immersion within a ‘spirit of place’ ...

Mistle Thrush from the Churchyard Yew - the piper at the gates of dawn. Black swift screaming jet-like across a cloudless blue sky, the afterburn of their passing an echo in the still air - a fine fresh spring morning. The gentle purr of Turtle Dove from a nearby copse - lazy hazy summer afternoons. Or the ever present song of Yellowhammer, singing when all others have ceased - the hayfield in the early evening.

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Birds in Music

Originally posted on March 9, 2019 @ 2:47 pm

For many musicians and composers birdsong is the ultimate musical composition - yet is it music: Birds use variations of rhythm, relationships of musical pitch, and combinations of notes that resembles music, but without fixed musical intervals, as on a scale, there is a chaotic randomness to their singing.
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The May Tree

The Hawthorn (or May Tree) by Margaret W. Tarrant (1888-1959)

Originally posted on March 9, 2019 @ 2:47 pm

The May Tree - This post is a mashup of anecdote, memoir, and selected prose from Richard Jefferies and W H Hudson, illustrated with seasonal atmospheric soundscapes. Join me for a day, if you will in a celebration of nature’s symphony ...

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