Thursday, December 14, 2006

Sound Waves

Sometimes I’ll be out on the property in the winter when the day is still and there is a cover of clouds in the sky. It’s almost magic, but I can hear the ocean. There is an audible thunder that can be heard five miles inland. I can best describe it as an organic static. The sound makes its way over the hills and bounced down from the clouds above.

The sound is almost that of a highway in the distance but far more intense. I am reminded of going to the Palisades in Ft Lee, New Jersey above the Hudson River. We would often go there at night and watch the traffic coming and going over the George Washington Bridge. One could feel the traffic in the rocks where we sat. That was the soud of thousands of tires and that sound is different than the sounds of thousands of waves.

Sometimes you can hear a major wave break, or perhaps it is several waves in different places breaking at the same time. The sound is distinct and above the drone of the rest of the surf noise.

This place in which we live is a natural wonderland that can awaken every sense you possess.


Anonymous F. Lee said...

In the fall- in the warm honey sunned days of crystal clear aired Indian Summer or in the bright cloudless sky of a high barometric pressure winter day when rare conditions are just right. When there's a respectable sized long ocean ground swell coming from the northwest-and there's a enough steady east wind coming off the beach. It "stiffens" the waves--faces them up in long sections before they break on the long sandy beaches of Clatsop. When the incoming wave gets so steep and top heavy it cannot be denied it collapses with a very loud and distinct CRRRR-ACK! that races parallel with the wave as the spray is jetted back seaward by the wind. Like the sound of big old growth timber when it's felled. Except your ear follows it as your eyes would. Like lightning close up. So rare, yet so part of these beaches. A unique part. The music of nature.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Boo7 said...

That is one of my all-time favourite wave pictures.....I just love the gradations of colours in it....the raw power of the water....the build-up of sound that you KNOW is there eventhough it's a f.lee said....the music of nature!!

**sigh** I truly do need to move nearer to the ocean!!!

6:46 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

There was a lot of sound out there this morning. We are expecting a storm with 40 foot waves and 100mph winds this afternoon. Pacific Power is warning that there may be some power outages that may last up to three days. Chain saw, Colemans and muck boots are at the ready.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Beautiful post, Guy. Stay dry!

10:00 AM  

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