8 February 2006

THE GREEN MUSIC


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I used to carry music with me, on my treks, stupid idea. Now I don't carry any more. There is enough music in the air, its a state of mind, you accept sounds of nature as music. The surround sound is sheer ecstasy. The birds the elephants or the monkeys may dislike Mozart or Sibelius. or they may like Stravinsky and Sigur Ros, you never know. Perhaps they enjoy each other's sounds. I have seen monkeys sitting very still in a state of absolute concentration. Some times all you hear is the whispering sounds of leaves and none other. No activity whatsoever. They all decide to sit and listen. All of them.

Blunt Knife

52 comments:

mudassar said...

i think its really true that u get so much peace when u r in the forest.. away from the city polution etc.. i wish i could find any forest here but unfortunately i found only desert here..

Lorraine said...

Indeed... one of my favourite music score from nature is the wind on a tree's leaves, or the sound of a wave on the shore :) and the loon cry...it's all good! as it happens I'm listening to Bach's Air 'on the G string since I don't open windows when it's minus 15 :)

mudassar said...

but nothing can beat the sound of an elephant.. especially in the rainy forest when u hear an elephant sing.. wat do u think is the best forest in the world

Rauf said...

Mudassar, The best forest is any forest which is untouched by man.

Rauf said...

Sit on a rock Lorrain and you hear the ocean roar. ( it comes in 'dangling conversation' simon and garfenkel.
I tilt more towards Stravinsky. I have a couple of harpsichord albums of Bach.

Leila said...

i lov eht sounds of nature, and wow what an amzing picture! i love forests how i wish i could trek them too. maybe one day i will.

Rauf said...

Thanks for the visit Leila, People wish for something which is beyond their reach. You just wake up in the morning and decide to go to a forest. Its as easy as that. Please take a local guide with you. Treking in unknown teritory with a few friends without a guide can get you in trouble. There are a certain rules to follow which the guide will tell you. When you come back you'd be a different person Leila. Hope you have this experience soon.

mudassar said...

hi leila, since u live in south africa i think that u will have more opportunity to visit any forest.. as rauf uncle said u need a proper guide to visit these kinds of places.. but before going to any forest please do watch the movies GHOST AND THE DARKNESS

wildpic said...

neat post rauf, how easy it is to forget ... yesterday evening at home there was a big dinner, lot of relos, the dinner was served by 5pm !!! i was the the last to eat ... at 6pm. every one was so concerned and asking me why am eating dinner so late ? ... how easy it is to forget ... in this jungle of relativity ...

"The best forest is any forest which is untouched by man."
thats the best definition that i have heard so far rauf .... clap clap ... clap ...

Lorraine said...

Yes love your comment rauf "The best forest is any forest which is untouched by man" Sheer poetry :)

Sangita said...

Yeah the natural sounds are soo soothing..Ruskin Bond once said 'U need to have your own small corner where u should sit and connect to nature'..For me that is my balcony always chirping with birds..and now doves have given some eggs near my bedroom balcony... yipee

Rauf said...

Lorraine, actually I am making fasle accusation. Man is responsible for some damage, but most of the damage comes from animals themselves, hurricanes tornados, or forest fires. elephants cause considerable damage. Millions of years ago (65)
dinosaurs trinos wrecked the vegetaion completely, that is one big reason for their extiction.

Rauf said...

Sangita, I have never been to Kaziranga, hope to go there some time in near future. Some times the sound of our footsetps are so disturbing there when it gets very quiet. I stop and listen.

The doves laid their eggs there because they trust you sangita. You seem to be a good host.

Rauf said...

Suresh What was the party about ? Did the 'party' come to see you ?
Feel miserable for having missed it.

Slept the whole day Suresh. Pulicat was a wash out, it seems very few birds come there, have to check again with the wild life dept. here.

Rauf said...

Mudassar, Is that a horror movie ?

wildpic said...

rauf, dont bother, this was hardly a party, many big party's on the way, will you keep you posted for some fun !!!

you should check with the chennai/madras birds, birding enthusiasts club. chk this website also www.blackbuck.org

my new post is out.

e2d said...

Hey I like both yr blogs. :)
the pic of the forest is awesome!!..or should I say kickass!...naah..jus joking.Its super!Liked what u said about the best forest...and the sounds and the music and.... everything else.lol

Patty said...

I love the sound of peaceful steady pouring rain. And the sound of silence as well.

Will email you back soon, just been slightly busy lately. But, don't worry I got your email. :)

Oh, and nice stories about you, Suresh & your other friend and the cell phone/theatre/biking incident. You have great stories & I like hearing them.

Leila said...

rauf- i wish it was as easy as that
i have visited forests in the UK and Iran and I love them. But I have obligations now- university, family, and I can't just up and go without permission, money, a guide, plans. maybe when im a bit older it will be simpler, or maybe i'm making it complicated for myself, i dunno but there you go.

mudassar- hey there aren't any forests in SA that i know of!

Rauf said...

I am never without a book or music e2d. though I have stopped carrying music but I carry a couple of books, good to read in the forest if you find a safe place to sit. Any rock by a stream. Nights are really fascinating, more noises, more music.

Rauf said...

Patty I don't protect myself, i don't even protect the camera in the rain, never carry a rain coat, don't have one actually. I love walking in the rain. i never get sick, though i get sick walking in the rain in my city Chennai where things get pretty messy. I love the smell of rain. I try to be in some forest when the first rain of the season falls.

but the sound of silence is very deafening Patty, its really scary, made me mad in silent valley, i'll write about it some time. there are some goofy stories of my younger days in my old blogs Patty, many more to come.

Rauf said...

Take your time Leila, you have time on your side. I have seen the country side of Iran in films, the most recent being ' baran' Beautiful they are and very very cold. i think in Urdu and write in English Leila.

womengonewild said...

Love your photos!!

Rauf said...

Thank you so much sweet Ladies, Going wild in our language of forest is peace and harmony, When you accept that you have gone wild means you have understood life. Pardon my english Ladies, enjoy your lives. go wilder.

wildpic said...

young Storks are able to call loudly, but by the time they are 18 months old they are practically voiceless.

mudassar said...

no uncle it is not a horror movie. it is one of the best movies i have ever seen. it is based on the true story which took place in african jungle

Rauf said...

Owee thats why I did not hear any sounds just the clap clap of their beaks.

Rauf said...

Never heard of it Mudassar. Hope you are having a wonderful time there.

mudassar said...

hey leile "there is no forest in SA" u must be kiddin me rite? oh come on buddy there are so many forest is sa. u just have to open ur sa map and start searching for it..

wildpic said...

rauf, i have commented some info on your previous post 'the design' on storks and babies.

wildpic said...

rauf, what is this puugin thing on your blog ? plugin to what ? :)
theres a new plot on, in my blog ?!!!

Rauf said...

Suresh booked my ticket for tuesday night, going mysore first coorg - kannoor - ernakulam -CBE I think i'll reach CBE on saturday.
See you on sat.
have only one way ticket. got lot of work have to finish before I leave.

What is puugin ? I don't see anything.

wildpic said...

okie, see you on sat. sounds like a great travel route, enjoy.

your clock on the blog disappeared for me, instead there was a white box saying "get pluggin here" ... i clicked on it n its a macromedia flash player, down loaded it, wonder how it was visible all this while ? may be my new firefox does not support older version. anyway ... its 12:05 on it now ...

Dave said...

Oh man, I love that top pic.

mudassar said...

so do i man.. it looks so haunted

mudassar said...

which is the best animal in the jungle? hmmm... let me guess "any animal which is not haunted by man" dinosaures

mudassar said...

but one thing is for sure.. if we were living the jungle we would'nt have been commenting on this blog. come on guys we would'nt have any internet connection.. no com.. away from this world.. we cant even convay or express our freedom of words to anybody.. god created jungle for providing resources to human beings like wood etc.. but we need to preserve jungles not for spending time there but for commenting in the blogs where the topic of jungle is sparked

Rauf said...

Stick to IE Suresh, or Neo planet absolutely no hassles there. This firefox pretty fancy drinks some memory too.

had a tiring day, sitting completely exhausted, it was a 5 hour session.

Rauf said...

Thank you djohns Welcome to India, I'll try to post some street life too in future. Taking pictures of people is my main interest.

Rauf said...

Mudassar the forest is a main source of oxygen, its for every living organism's survival and not for humans alone. We humans been pretty reckless with our resources.

wildpic said...

so far fire fox has been impresing me, will push it a bit further, its some new version. will keep you posted.

5 hr session shoot is quiet a bit ... amazing. i can never do what you are doing.

Rauf said...

Actually I enjoyed it Suresh, I took lot od action shots of them playing the violin, pretty fast they are. Now I am tired and exhausted.. have to give the pictures before I leave.

Crescendo said...

Beautiful shots !

Helen Wang said...

Mistical green... beautiful!

Rauf said...

Thank you crescendo

Rauf said...

Green and blue are the only colours you see from the space.
Thank you Helen.

Rauf said...

I think I am wrong here Helen, Green is the colour, blue is just the reflection of the sky as water is colourless.

mudassar said...

u can also see black colour in the night since it will be dark

mudassar said...

70 percent of earth looks blue

mudassar said...

i also like red, the colour of blood the colour of ferrari

Rauf said...

Dark is not a colour Mudassar, and darkness is not energy, Light is energy, absence of light is darkness.

Blue is the reflection. Water is colourless.

Cari said...

The colors of nature are beautiful. There is nothing like it.