Regarding the sound of falling leaves

November 18, 2012 / Snow has a sound, it’s true, but the tone of leaves falling in autumn is somehow more surprising.

[yellow maples]
Woods near the Coginchaug

You have to listen for it each year, but if you’re lucky, during fall in New England, there comes a brief time when you can hear the sound of leaves drifting from the trees and hitting the ground cover below. It’s a rustling sound, but not as dry as you might imagine. The bright shapes still have some suppleness to them as they reach the floor.

This morning I saw maples, yellow in the oblique morning light, quietly releasing their cargo, making for a soft pattering that could be heard in the longer moments between passing cars on the nearby bridge. If I could record this sound for you it would no doubt be inaudible, or insensible, like trying to capture a subtle sunset with a mediocre camera.

Snow has a sound, it’s true, but the tone of leaves falling in autumn is somehow more surprising.

2 responses

  1. Dan

    Beautifully poetic post. One of the things I love about you the most is that you have the ability and mindfulness to hear and appreciate such subtlety in all things. A true gift.

    November 19th, 2012 at 4:13 am #

  2. Adrian Cooke

    Thanks Dan, I really appreciate that.

    November 19th, 2012 at 2:45 pm #


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