sábado, 18 de enero de 2014

The sound of tree-falling snow ...

What does the sound of snow falling from the branches of a tree sound like to you?

This morning I was walking through the forest after a night of heavy snowfall and all was that spooky, snowy silence except ... the sound of the snow falling, the melt already beginning, from the branches of the pylonic pine and beech trees that surrounded me. It got me thinking about sounds and what this particular one reminded me of. 

For me, when a large clod fell at once, too heavy for its bearer to sustain, it was as the dull thud of a punch but between these violent images the dainty-scurried footfalls of deer seemed to cascade pitter-patter down from ruffled-in-the-wind branches at every step, keeping me company on the white-towered desolation of the wintery mountain. 

What does this sound make you think of? 

Close your eyes and imagine yourself there ...Tell me.

1 comentario:

  1. The mountain air stung inside Ranulf’s throat as he plunged one
    snow-weighted foot after another up the narrow pathway of white-buried rocks, but
    despite the pain and effort and slight light-headedness from exertion he was
    content. As he entered the forest the light changed from the open, dazzling
    white of the clearing to a softer, more mystical grey of the woods. The
    flurries of the already melting fall slipping in cascades down from the
    winter-beaten branches, sprinkling their beckoning calls all around him.

    ‘Come join us,’ the sounds seemed to call out to him, as he
    stopped to drink in the serenity of the snowed wood. I love this
    place, he thought, the stillness, the quiet. It was peace to him and he felt
    his heart quicken, this time not from the climb but from his own sheer
    excitement at being alone with nothing but his own mind and the wind and the

    Then a sudden flash pulled him rudely back from his dream. A
    stray sunbeam had found its way through the clouds to meet him, casting
    momentary spindles of magical stick shadows all over the smooth, white carpet
    ahead. The shadows curled and waved to him, arm-like. They were drawing him in,
    too, just as was the tumbling branch-snow. Everything wants me here, he told
    himself, the woodland is calling for me and I am following its call.

    He started walking again, feeling the slow crunch of the icing-like
    covering below him as he placed his feet more gently now so as not to break
    the sacred aura that radiated from the soft floor. I’ll never leave this place, he mused happily, freedom flooding a path through his limbs as he ventured further and further into his forest.

    ©Davey Northcott 2014