Grotto Drip | Music of Nature

This final spring, I visited Misplaced Maples twice … as soon as in early March (accompanied by fellow nature lover Beth Bannister), after which once more in mid-April (accompanied by nature recordist Christine Hass). On each events, I hiked 1.5 miles to the Grotto just a little earlier than nightfall, with the intention to file as night time unfolded. Throughout my go to in March, wind interfered, making it tough to listen to the dripping sounds. However throughout my mid-April go to, the night time was calm and I obtained my most thrilling Grotto “dripscape” so far … the recording featured on the prime of this submit.

From my perspective, my new grotto recording is kind of a pretty soundscape, not solely that includes elemental dripping sounds, but additionally the occasional musical trills of a pair of Japanese Screech-Owls and a backdrop of crickets trilling softly. I couldn’t have requested for extra and contemplate it one among my finest water music recordings so far. What makes it particular has to do with the water degree within the stream, which was fairly low, to the purpose that there was scarcely any motion of water. Nonetheless, there have been many shallow swimming pools within the stream mattress, together with quite a few patches of uncovered bedrock, moist from the drips and lined with a skinny layer of mud. Whereas droplets touchdown within the swimming pools made acquainted watery plunk or plink sounds, droplets hitting the muddy bedrock made lower-pitched splats or thunks. This resulted in a wealthy low finish, and general a broader frequency vary than one would possibly usually encounter when recording drips.

Maidenhair Fern in the Grotto at Lost Maples State Natural Area © Lang Elliott

For comparability, try my very first grotto recording under, which I made in 2001 when the water degree was a lot larger. Discover how completely different it sounds. The low-pitched splats and thunks so apparent in my new recording are lacking as a result of just about the entire droplets have been touchdown immediately within the water. Moreover, one hears the light gurgling of the stream in my previous recording, which isn’t in any respect current in my newer one. My previous recording does embody one factor I want have been current in my new one … the distant calls of a lone Barking Frog (requires cautious listening).

Personally, I favor my newest recording, primarily due to the addition of the splats and thunks … and naturally I’m thrilled by these screech-owl trills! I believe my new recording is extra distinctive and strange, under no circumstances your typical drippy soundscape.

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