Silence is Relative…

There is no shortage of silence here, real, true, country silence, especially in winter.

Not long ago we were rambling down this road in the Rio Grande Wildlife area, a road that is accessed only on foot, horseback or bicycle except for BLM and Fish and Wildlife who manage the slough. It’s nice to have a wide trail for the sake of visibility and the composition of photos. πŸ˜‰

We’d been there a month before, at the end of summer. Throughout the two moments, the Sandhill Cranes were passing through on their way to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico. In the silence of late October, their calls were everywhere. For me it’s part of the magical silence of the San Luis Valley.

Other bird sounds frame the winter silence. Right now it is the sudden flight of ducks, startled by the sound/sensation of my cane hitting the ground. They rise up by the dozens, flapping and calling. There are magpies and another small bird I don’t know, who chirrups and dives over the water.

And wind. Very often, the only sound is wind.

Otherwise, silence.


Sunny and shady sides of an anthill

18 thoughts on “Silence is Relative…

  1. Reblogged this on SERENDIPITY and commented:
    Country silence. I like that. I’ve gotten used to the absence of city noise, the honking of flying geese. And knowing that when the dogs bark, if I listen carefully, i can tell by the barking if it’s a delivery, the people next door, or an actual visitor. In true winter, after the snow in heavy on the ground, that is the truest silence of all.

    • Snow silence here can be very special. Because I live on a US highway, snow silence can mean that ALL the passes in all four directions are closed. A mixed blessing, but mostly the good kind. πŸ™‚

  2. Lovely and so evocative. This silence and the presence of nature is one of the reasons I love being out early on a run. Even in my smallish town, its accessible.

  3. “There is no shortage of silence here, real, true, country silence, especially in winter.” perfect beginning to the post… maybe a book, too?

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