Welcome to our sanctuary of sublime nature sounds. The following 5-minute recordings are gifts from nature, and from Lang Elliott, a grateful nature sound recordist, cinematographer, speaker, and poet. Every few weeks we will add a recording to the Sanctuary so check back often to enjoy our growing collection...
To fully immerse yourself in this sound bath, we invite you to close your eyes and imagine being outside, mesmerized by the sights and sounds around you. Let nature’s healing music wash away the cares and concerns of your day, and soothe your mind/body and spirit. Allow wonder, and gratitude for this extraordinary world in which we live, to fill your being.
Note: These spacious binaural recordings sound best through earbuds, headphones, or full-range speakers. Please enjoy them in a quiet place and be sure to set the volume fairly low, in order to simulate the actual listening-experience in nature.
6:30am, 29 July 2016, near Columbia, Missouri
Dawn chorus featuring Wood Thrushes, in hardwood forest on a ridge overlooking the Missouri River. 6:30am, 29 July 2016. Near Columbia, Missouri. © Lang Elliott.
4:35 am, 21 June 2000, near Tupper Lake, New York
Dawn chorus featuring Hermit Thrushes, White-throated Sparrows, and more. 4:35 am, 21 June 2000. Spring Pond Bog Preserve near Tupper Lake, New York. © Lang Elliott.
1am, 26 May 2016, near Ithaca, New York
Frog and toad chorus. Pickerel Frogs snore, a lone American Toad trills from the far side of the pond and several Barred Owls begin hooting from different locations in the distance producing a fantastic mix — frog and toad “audio-haiku” at its best. 1am, 26 May 2016, Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area near Ithaca, New York. © Lang Elliott.
6:15am, May 3 – Shindagin Hollow, New York
First Wood Thrush recording of the season. 6:15am, 3 May 2016. Shindagin Hollow near Brooktondale, New York. © Lang Elliott.
9pm, Aug 29 – Lake Ontario, upstate New York
Track excerpt from Ontario Wavescape – The wave action is gentle. In the background, listen for the pulsating chirps of Snowy Tree Crickets set against a continuous chorus of other species of tree crickets. Made especially by nature to lull you into a restful sleep. 9-10pm, 29 August 2014, Robert G. Wehle State Park, near Henderson, New York. © Lang Elliott.
5am, May 16 – Wacissa River in the Florida panhandle
Track excerpt from Swamp Song – Imagine spending the night next to a springfed river in the panhandle of Florida. It is about an hour before dawn. Green Treefrogs sound off in the darkness, accompanied by the hoots of Barred Owls and a chorus of crickets … the southern swamp at its best. 16 May 1994, Wacissa River near Tallahassee Florida. © Lang Elliott. Image from Shutterstock.
5:45am, May 18 – Smoky Mountains, Tennessee
Track excerpt from Birds and Brooks – During a trip to the Smoky Mountains, I stopped along a highway at the break of dawn and hurried down a steep ravine to capture this gentle chorus featuring two Wood Thrushes singing back-and-forth from opposite sides of a creek. 5:45am, 18 May 2000. Foothills Parkway near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. © Lang Elliott. Image from Shutterstock.
11pm, Sept 10 – Old field, upstate New York
Track excerpt from Insect Lullabies – Recorded on a cool September night in a meadow overgrown with shrubs. Snowy Tree Crickets chirp and trill, Sword-bearing Coneheads give high-pitched sibilant calls, and two Barred Owls sound off, their hoots echoing across the meadow. 11pm, 10 September 2010. Forested hills near Ithaca, New York. © Lang Elliott. Image from Shutterstock.
7am, May 23 – forested hills of eastern Tennessee
Track excerpt from Birds at Dawn – Relax next to a small bubbling spring in the forested hills of Tennessee. A Northern Cardinal and Tufted Titmouse sound off while Carolina Chickadees and migrating White-throated Sparrows enliven the soundscape with thin, high-pitched whistles. 23 May 1995, near Knoxville, Tennessee. © Lang Elliott. Image from Shutterstock.
9am, May 16 – forested hills of upstate New York
Track excerpt from Rain Thrush – A supremely relaxing soundscape recorded in hardwood forest. Features the songs of Wood Thrush and Veery, with an Ovenbird at times. Other species heard include Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Brown Creeper, Dark-eyed Junco and more. 9 am, 16 May 2011, Danby State Forest near Ithaca, New York. © Lang Elliott. Image from Shutterstock.
Our thanks to Lang Elliott, a nature author, speaker, cinematographer, sound recordist, photographer, and poet. Learn more about Lang and browse his premium pure nature recordings at Music of Nature.
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