I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in the northern Adirondacks this week. We were in the Elk Lake – Clear Pond Nature Preserve, 12,000 acre private forest preserve, staying at Elk Lake Lodge.
It has been years since I have heard such utter silence. We forget how much noise fills our lives. As I sit in my office in our home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small village, you would think it would be quiet. Yes, it’s relatively quiet, but I can hear the hum of my computer, the click of the keys, a truck making a delivery on our dead end street, my husband moving things in the basement, an occasional plane way overhead, the dryer running downstairs, children playing in the street, and on and on. Little bits of sound that fill our lives and we, for the most part, are not even aware of them anymore.
While kayaking on the 600 acre private Elk Lake, I stopped and just sat in the water and listened. What I heard was silence, complete silence. It was the middle of the afternoon and I was in the middle of the lake so wildlife sounds were not even apparent. Utter silence. I encountered the same thing when we hiked to Clear Pond (image below) the following day. It made me realize how seldom, if ever, we hear that. And I realized, or just was reminded, how good it felt. That’s been on my mind ever since and I’m now keenly aware of all the little sounds that fill our days.
How long has it been since you’ve heard the sound of silence?
Silence. I need it almost like a source of nutrition! I’d better book my time at Elk Lake now, because after people see these photos it will be all booked up!
You would never want to leave!
you are right, there is a constant hum of background noise in our lifes these days. I am wondering when I have heard – or should I say – experienced absolute silence. I honestly don’t know. But this post made me crave it and try to make some time for it. The images are stunning and they beautifully illustrate silence to me.
Yes, we are not even aware that there is that constant hum. Hope you can find some silence.
Gorgeous photographs! and I, too, miss that complete silence – yes, even here!
Wow, I would have thought you have that silence in your wonderful spot. Thanks, Barb.
What a great reminder about what is available to us in silence. I am leading a retreat in October and one of the things I say in my marketing flyer is “Immerse yourself in the silence of the woods.” For me there is no better place than nature to truly get in touch with silence. Being in nature allows me to go inside, to listen to my inner wisdom, my intuition, my soul. Thanks for the reminder Gail and for your beautiful photography. You are a gifted photographer!
Thank you, Nancy. It was a big wakeup call for me so I knew others would respond to it as well.
That sounds so wonderful! Wow. Thanks for reminding me. We are going on a retreat in a few weeks and I am so looking forward to some quiet.
We do need to be reminded that our everyday noisy lives are not the only way. Have a wonderful retreat.
What a fabulous getaway and such a gorgeous photo. Just looking it fills me with deep peace – I can only imagine what a store of serenity you’ve carried home with you.
Yes, Deborah, it has really stayed with me. so glad you see deep peace in the image.
Silence. Yes. In the foothills at Santa Barbara, California overlooking the ocean just a few weeks ago. Silence so full I could hear it.
Love your description of “full” silence!
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