Tag Archives: trees

hidden life radio.

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listen….

Silent tree activity, like photosynthesis and the absorption and evaporation of water, produces a small voltage in the leaves. In a bid to encourage people to think more carefully about their local tree canopy, sound designer and musician Skooby Laposky has found a way to convert that tree activity into music.

By connecting a solar-powered sensor to the leaves of three local trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Laposky was able to measure the micro voltage of all that invisible tree activity, assign a key and note range to the changes in that electric activity, and essentially turn the tree’s everyday biological processes into an ethereal piece of ambient music.

You can check out the tree music yourself by listening to the Hidden Life Radio—Laposky’s art project—which aims to increase awareness of trees in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the city’s disappearing canopy by creating a musical “voice” for the trees.

The project features the musical sounds of three Cambridge trees: a honey locust, a red oak, and an 80-year-old copper beech tree, all located outside the Cambridge Public Library. Each tree has a solar-powered biodata sonification kit installed on one of its branches that measures the tree’s hidden activities and translates it into music.

According to WBUR, between 2009 and 2014, Cambridge was losing about 16.4 acres of canopy annually, which is a huge loss considering that tree canopies are crucial to cities,  cooling them down during the summer, reducing air pollutino, sucking up carbon, and providing mental health benefits.

Laposky hopes that people will tune into Hidden Life Radio and spend time listening to the trees whose music occurs in real-time and is affected by the weather. Some days they might be silent, especially when it hasn’t rained for several days and they’re dehydrated. The project will end in November, when the leaves will drop — a “natural cycle for the project to end,” Laposky says, “when there aren’t any leaves to connect to anymore.”

 

 “in a cool solitude of trees

where leaves and birds a music spin,

mind that was weary is at ease,

new rhythms in the soul begin.”

-william kean seymour

source credits: Kristin Toussaint, The Optimist Daily, WBUR Radio

serenade.

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a warm welcome from mother nature

walking with

2 grands

through

1 park

1 forest

finding

3 sister lakes

mother nature

and

forest daddy

a family affair.

3rd sister lake

“In memory of “Daddy” Filbert Roth

Head of Forestry School (UM)

1902-1923

By his Forestry Boys

 

“nature is a serenade for souls willing to hear.”

-saba k.

 

Dolph Park,  Saginaw Forest, 3 Sister Lakes – Ann Arbor, MI, USA

June 2021

under the canopy.

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after hiking to the secret climbing tree

 mother nature designed

only for kids

we enter under the canopy of emerald leaves

to find the magic inside. 

“wood is only one-syllable word, but behind it lies a world full of beauty and wonder.”     

-theodor heuss

secrets in the trees.

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on a winter walk in the woods

 came upon a labyrinth made of pine

 fall to winter vegetables as offerings at its center

 beautiful yule celebration on display

left for all to enjoy.

 

“the trees will tell their secrets to those that tune in.”

-steve magee

 

 

greenview nature preserve, ann arbor, mi,  usa – january 2021

content.

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happened upon

this friendly-looking tree

deep in the woods

 so content and jolly

i think it would love to share its jokes.

 

“i never saw a discontented tree.

they grip the ground as though they liked it,

and though fast rooted, they travel about as far as we do.”

– john muir

 

 

bird hiils park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – summer 2020

birch.

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standing in my yard

a child

 small among the birch trees

i would slowly peel away the bark

creating the most delicate pieces of beautiful paper

a gift from the tree

uncurled and waiting to be my papyrus.

 

“out of sight above the house, the mirror moon reflected the sun of a day not yet dawned,

shining the pale light of tomorrow on the yard and on the paper birches.”

 -dean koontz

 

 

 

image credit: white birch fragrance oil

music amongst the trees.

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a new garden begins

in the first spring

spent at my home

 first things first

a door is decorated

tiny flowers are planted

shells and stones and treasures and glittery things

are scattered

leaving room for more to come 

the fairies are welcome

to visit and stay at their leisure

i’ll listen very quietly.

  • “there is always music amongst the trees in the garden, but our hearts must be very quiet to hear it.”

-minnie aumonier