In the company of clouds

Monday, June 27th, 2016
  • Cow bells

    In the rolling green hillsides of the Andorran/French border, I sit down and look over the beautiful mountainous scene before me. The view on its own is fantastic, but this is another one of those moments where the sound is also entirely enchanting.

    A small herd of cows is walking slowly through a field eating the green grass. They’re wearing cowbells that clang gently, mixing with the songs of birds and the buzzing of bees that are busy going from flower to flower.

    Next year I’ll be producing a podcast series called ‘5 minutes of somewhere‘ and so along with my camera, I carry a microphone everywhere I go these days too. I’ve recorded sounds from many different countries now, and I plan to share many of them on that podcast.

    I’ll certainly revisit this hillside in that podcast series, but for now, I thought I would share with you a brief moment of the sound of this green field in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range.

    The clip is just over two minutes long, so why not press the play button then look again at the picture. Only this time, take those two minutes to imagine yourself sat there in the warmth of the summer sun looking out across at the mountains in the distance that stand in the company of clouds and wear snow like diamonds.