In Part 3 of the witch interview with Gemstone and Barista, Gemstone shares how listening to nature feels magical to her.
Gemstone: “We get so caught up listening to music and t.v, and cars are so loud, that all of this drowns out nature, and how healing nature sounds can be if you just take a moment and listen. I think people like to take trips into nature because that’s the only opportunity they get to connect with the divine. That’s what earth magic is to me.
Whether it’s the sound of wind, rain, or birds chirping or cawing, bugs buzzing around, various other animal noises, there’s this beauty in the simplicity of sound. Where I live, the frogs are so loud that the entire valley is buzzing with the sound of the frogs. It’s amazing how they work in tandem. A froggy symphony!”
Me: “Do you tend to hear the frogs at the same time every day?”
Gemstone: “Yes, while the sun is going down. It’s like they’re signaling the beginning of their nocturnal time.”
Me: “Do you know what type of frogs they are?”
Gemstone: “Mainly two types, little tree frogs, and bullfrogs.”
I like observing nature to go back to basics for a while and reflect on where we came from as humans. Since I live in an apartment, and can’t drive, I don’t get as many opportunities to listen to wild animals, but I’ve still picked up on some things from observing pets I have come across.
Our little friends mostly eat, sleep, play, and snuggle. Although having more options for our activities and communication can make it fun to be human, it can be nice to just think about how cute a meowing cat is and go stroke their fur for a while. Our connection to nature might also go in the other direction. Identifying animals, plants, or other natural phenomena, like Gemstone did with the frogs, can make a good brain workout for science fans.
For example, I found out from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website that the ducks in my city’s parks are mallard ducks! I live in Spokane, Washington. The duck in the featured image, a picture I took five years ago, looks like the ones in the mallard section of their online booklet! If your area has a similar department, their website might have information that could help you identify the animals, too. By the way, I think a duck’s quack is one of the cutest nature sounds!
Image: a white and brown mallard duck with a green head swims through dark green water.