Wild Mountain Echoes http://www.wildmountainechoes.com Connecting to nature through sounds Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:22:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 http://d3dnbw2z4q18z0.cloudfront.net /wp-content/uploads/2015/02/wmelogosq-640x593-600x556-54e89658v1_site_icon-32x32.png Wild Mountain Echoes http://www.wildmountainechoes.com 32 32 Listening to the temporal nature of sound http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/07/listening-the-temporal-nature-of-sound/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/07/listening-the-temporal-nature-of-sound/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:04:51 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=3058 The sounds around us provide us with clues of the time of day and the season of the year.  As sound expert Julian Treasure states repeatedly in his podcast series, Sound Affects!, without time, there could be no sound, only silence.   Sound is one of our best measures of the passage of time. As I’ve […]

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Mountain Voices http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/07/mountain-voices/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/07/mountain-voices/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 20:00:57 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=3046 I made my annual summer migration from southeastern Arizona to northern Nevada a few weeks ago, stopping to record along the way.  My first stop was in the Blue Range of east-central Arizona, a land of conifers and beautiful grassy meadows.  Much of this area was impacted by the 2011 Wallow Fire, and the hillsides […]

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Back to the Gila River http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/06/back-to-the-gila-river/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/06/back-to-the-gila-river/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:49:33 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=3023 The Upper Gila River ecosystem occupies a good chunk of southwestern New Mexico.  It includes the first federally-designated wilderness area, 2.7 million acres of national forest, and is home to mountain lions, black bears, elk, eagles, and Mexican wolves.  It’s been occupied by humans as long as almost any place in the country, but because […]

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Turkey Creek http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/06/turkey-creek/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/06/turkey-creek/#comments Tue, 09 Jun 2015 15:10:58 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=3011 My kitchen remodeling effort is finally complete, so a couple of weeks ago I packed up the car with camping gear and headed to Turkey Creek.  It seems as if most of the mountain ranges in the southwest US have a “Turkey Creek.”  I imagine this says something about the ubiquity of wild turkeys at […]

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Along a desert wash http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/05/along-a-desert-wash/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/05/along-a-desert-wash/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 15:58:51 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2995 I haven’t had the opportunity to get out much this spring, caught up in renovating my kitchen and other assorted household chores.  But I managed to break away last week to take the dog for a walk in a nearby wash.  This wash drains the nearby Rincon Mountains, and although dry most of the year, […]

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Seeking a little quiet http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/04/seeking-a-little-quiet/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/04/seeking-a-little-quiet/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:35:48 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2972 I need quiet the way an alcoholic needs a drink.  By “quiet” I don’t mean absolute silence, the kind that can only be found in an anechoic chamber.  My version of quiet is free from man-made noise, anthropophony, in Bernie Krause’s terms.  No machines, no screaming and yelling, no loud music.  Sometimes I really crave […]

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Crazy night in the Chiricahuas http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/04/crazy-night-in-the-chiricahuas/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/04/crazy-night-in-the-chiricahuas/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:29:03 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2957 Last October, I took a quick trip to the Chiricahua Mountains to do some hiking and camping.  I’d been hearing for years that the aspens up on the crest put on a lovely show in the fall, so I decided to check it out. The Chiricahuas (cheer-uh-cow-uhs) are one of the largest of the isolated […]

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Fall afternoon on the Tahoe Rim Trail http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/03/fall-afternoon-on-the-tahoe-rim-trail/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/03/fall-afternoon-on-the-tahoe-rim-trail/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:41:54 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2945 It was one of those glorious days in the fall, when the sun is bright but not hot, and a light breeze makes the golden aspen leaves shimmer.  The kind of day that just makes you feel glad to be alive. It was on one of those glorious days, one of a string of similar […]

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Vicarious recording: Wild Thailand http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/03/vicarious-recording-wild-thailand/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/03/vicarious-recording-wild-thailand/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:56:07 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2916 When I think of Thailand, I tend to think of crowded, noisy cities like Bangkok, or the tsunami-prone beaches of western Thailand.  But beyond the cities and beaches, Thailand has a number of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries that protect wild forests, canyons, and their inhabitants.  Places so dense, so remote, so wild that tigers, […]

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Fall morning on the Kaibab Plateau http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/02/fall-morning-kaibab-plateau/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/02/fall-morning-kaibab-plateau/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:25:10 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2899 Last September as I headed to northern Nevada, I made a stop just north of the Grand Canyon, in a beautiful area known as the Kaibab Plateau.  Although the temperatures were still warm, the aspens had started to change color.  I was hoping to record more elk, as I had at Ashurst Lake (see Midnight […]

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Recordings now available for download http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/02/recordings-now-available-download/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/02/recordings-now-available-download/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:08:03 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2854 Some of my blog posts have mentioned the beneficial effects of listening to natural sounds (The Importance of Bird Song, The Sounds of Wilderness).  I believe that there are substantial mental and emotional benefits to exposing yourself to natural sounds on a regular basis.  These are the frequencies and types of sounds we evolved with, […]

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Beneath Still Waters http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/01/beneath-still-waters/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/01/beneath-still-waters/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:41:46 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2731 Wildlife refuges are some of my favorite places.  Little pockets of wild that provide critical habitat, they are usually great places to see and hear wildlife.  On my frequent trips to northern Nevada, I try to get to Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge near Fallon on each visit. Stillwater is part of a complex of refuges […]

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Midnight Callers http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/01/midnight-callers/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2015/01/midnight-callers/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:07:05 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2612 Although birds and humans dominate the diurnal soundscape, a good number of creatures call during the hours of darkness.  I was reminded of this on a trip in September, when I took another trip north to Carson City.  I spent the first night at Ashurst Lake, near Flagstaff, Arizona.  I pulled in to the campground […]

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Chasing thunder, finding bears http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/12/chasing-thunder-finding-bears/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/12/chasing-thunder-finding-bears/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:21:10 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2597 Summer (2014) was a very weird summer.  Normally (whatever that means), the Mexican Monsoon rolls in during late June or early July, bringing daily afternoon thunderstorms to the mountains, which sometimes make it to the valleys.  This year, it seemed like the monsoon never really got going, but rather, what few thunderstorms we had were […]

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Julian Treasure on the sound of democracy http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/12/julian-treasure-sound-democracy/ http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/2014/12/julian-treasure-sound-democracy/#comments Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:11:20 +0000 http://www.wildmountainechoes.com/?p=2580 Although my blog contains a lot of silly stories and some interesting sounds, the underlying theme is to induce people to listen to the environment around them.  I focus on natural sounds, both because I like them and because I think we are losing not only the sounds, but our ability to hear them.  Our […]

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