The Sounds of the Country
I am visiting a friend who lives out in the country on 65 acres in Arkansas. The first 5 years of my life was spent in the country. I was to young to appreciate it then. But now, having been here a month, I have come to notice so many things about the wide open spaces. After being here it will be very hard to go back to the semi-city. I say that because there are pastures in the area of my house in Texas, but the city is just 5 minutes away.
I was sitting out on the porch earlier and the tree line is about 2/10ths of mile from the house. I heard a Woodpecker just pecking away somewhere in there and then he stopped. The pecking echoed. I listened and he pecked again, this time when he stopped I counted, the pecking echoed for 3 seconds. Amazing! At night, when I am on the porch, there is a dog over on the other side of the woods and when he barks it sounds like he's the biggest dog in the world. I will have to drive that way one day and see if I can see this dog. His Bark echoes for what seems like forever.
Sitting on the steps I can hear the wind coming across the tops of the trees. I can hear it long before it hits me. I close my eyes and welcome the feel on my face. I watched as a hawk soared in the wind one day. He was just there hanging on the wind in the sky for about three minutes. Didn't flap his wings once in all that time. It was a beautiful sight to see.
Yesterday I was walking in the yard and could hear bees buzzing, a lot of them. I couldn't pinpoint them. So I started back to the house and there is a fruit tree in the front yard and the blossoms are in full bloom and the bees were having lunch. Must have been having a picnic, as it seemed they were having a family reunion there were so many. I just stood and listened. No other sounds to disturb. Then there is this Mr. Bumblebee that thinks he owns the front porch. I watched him as he chased off anything that came near, other bees, a dragonfly, even a small bird. They flew away as fast as they could with him right on their tails. I stayed and watched him for the longest time till he took an interest in me and then it was time to go in. I didn't want to know him up close and personal, Lol!
In the evening you can hear every frog and cricket in the woods calling. It is just beautiful. I sometimes just sit still with my eyes closed and listen to the silence. I say silence. The silence of the country to me is the sounds of all of the above. But from time to time it is just that, silent. Almost deafeningly silent. But it is so welcome. You seldom hear a car, unless its coming up the drive. You hear no radios blaring, no horns blowing, no sounds of heavy traffic. Occasionally you will hear a tractor or a four wheeler off in the woods.
Sunday morning I was sitting on the swing and I heard a little noise in the pasture across the way and walked over. What a sweet, precious surprise to find a new lamb near it's mom. Even the horses have their own way of talk. In the evenings when my friend is down the road I always know because Sandy, a Palamino, neighs and looks in the direction of the driveway, that seems to go on forever. In a few minutes here comes my friend around the bend.
There are so many birds here and all very vocal. They do not seem to be afraid of us here on the ground. So many different calls. I saw a beautiful bird the other day it was purplish blue. I Have never seen a color so vivid on a bird. Reminded me of the ' angry little bluejay', I am sure you have seen that picture. But this bird was not angry, lol, and he was a different blue. Robin Red Breasts, Cardinals, Sparrows, Mockingbirds, just to name a few. I heard some ducks fly over one evening, they were very high, above the low cloud cover, as I could not see them. But I did hear them clearly. I closed my eyes and listened.
There are two ponds here. One has catfish and the other has bass. I went fishing the other day for catfish. It is just amazing the things that you can actually hear out here, nothing to muffle or distort the sounds. There were turtles on a log at the end of the pond, I could hear them shove off into the water. I could hear the wind ripple the water. I didn't catch a thing, not even a nibble. But it was well worth the wait.
One evening just as the sun was going down, I saw the horses look towards the woods and as my gaze followed theirs, four white tailed deer walked out of the woods and across the pasture. Eye candy, that is what I call all the beauty that I have seen out here. At night there are thousands and thousands of stars in the sky and the moon seems so close. Nothing to obstruct the view. There are no street lights out here at all, so the sky is magnificent at night. You can see every constellation. And the sunsets are different everyday. But the most beautiful thing I think I have seen here is the sunrise. Sunrises hold a special place in my heart, they always remind me of a story I will never forget. And the sunrises here are as exquisite as that story, a beautiful start to a new day.