Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...

First light - Lainey Piland photo

This time of year, I like to leave the window open - just a little bit - while I sleep at night, so I can listen to the dawn chorus of birdsong when I wake up in the morning. It's so pleasant and invigorating to awaken to those joyful voices singing to greet the morning... and even helps to stifle some of the grumpiness that accompanies the alarm clock going off!

Few things on this planet are as soothing and relaxing as the sounds of nature: rushing rivers, whooshing winds, crashing waves and trilling birdsong. Visual artist Johnnie Lawson perfectly captures these tranquil elemental sounds in his nature films, which he creates for the purpose of relaxation, meditation, and healing. The film below - like many of Lawson's films - is eight hours long. Eight glorious hours of singing birds and a rushing mountain stream and gently waving tree branches and enough mossy greenery to remind any Pacific Northwesterner of home, although this was actually filmed in County Leitrim, Ireland.

Punch play on the film below, and listen to it while you work, meditate, or sleep, and allow the nature sounds to infuse some relaxation and tranquility into your day.

I love that Johnnie Lawson's films utilize the soundtrack of nature itself, rather than overlaying pretty scenery with classical music, as so many nature films tend to do. Check out more of Lawson's fantastic work on his YouTube site.

Do we have any bird nerds that can identify the birds singing so beautifully in this film? Let us know in the comments!

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