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The Sound of Silence

We went for a hike along The Hayburger Trail  and on our journey we came across an open meadow full of warmth that invited us in for a rest. We stopped in the middle and admired its beauty.

My husband told my children , “Be very quiet! Lets stand still for five minutes  and see what animals will appear.”

We all stood back to back looking out across the field a butterfly first greeted us, and then a lovely song from a bird filled the field with serenity. We all stood waiting, watching, and enjoying the peaceful moment.

It was that special moment my family and I  stood connected in silence looking out into the wilderness. We watched and waited but no animals appeared in our midst.

As we broke our silence we turned to face each other, looked each other in the eye, and looked down. We all burst out in laughter as we realized we had circled a large pile of bison dung in our silence. If any one of us had moved back on step we would be bringing a small treasure home with us on  the bottom of our shoe.

It was the perfect Sunday to revel in nature’s serene beauty and laugh a little along the way.

How do you enjoy the silence? Do you find peace in nature?

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  1. It’s odd how rarely we hear silence, so rarely that I can remember the times I have. I think you will remember this quiet moment for a long time (and of course the laughter).

  2. Silence is enjoyed when everything from Xbox, computers, radios or televisions are turned off. The only sounds heard in the house is the fridge and occasionally the spoiled house cat whining for attention!
    Lovely sounds of silence from your post…enjoyed it immensely! 🙂

  3. Without silence, there would be no speech, no music. The pauses, the spaces in between, are as important as the sounds. Interior silence is important, too – if we keep chattering to ourselves all the time, we’ll never have any peace!

  4. Sounds like you had a wonderful family time together, enjoying the silence and the laughter. Sometimes my family takes a walk in the evening in our neighborhood with our dog and the sounds of silence is so serene and the feeling is so peaceful.

  5. I enjoy silence and the sounds of nature. Sadly, there is not enough silence to go around.

    In April, on a trip to Vegas, Oregano and I drove out to the Mojave National Preserve. There were no other cars around and when we got out of the car to take photos one of the first things that struck us was the utter silence. It was incredible to not hear any cars, planes or people, just the wind blowing.

  6. Enjoying the silence in the company of others, especially with your husband and children, what could be better. The Bison bit is hilarious, and just the antidote you need against getting too serious. Lovely stuff

  7. I so relish the idea of “silence”, what a wonderful moment to take. And that your kids joined in…wow! But I can only imagine how you and your husband must have felt in those few minutes: togetherness with your children, enjoying a moment of golden silence, and in the midst of nature. Ahh! 🙂

  8. I live a very loud life, by virtue of living in a bustling metropolitan and the fact that I seem to have inherited by mother’s big, booming voice (she had to speak louder than the three of us to get hard, sadly, I don’t even have that excuse). Yes, moments of peace and quiet, in the embrace of lovely surroundings… yeah, I could totally use those.

    1. Hahaha! my mom also has a very loud voice! She had four sisters so they all had to learn to speak up very fast.

      Your backyard oasis looks like the perfect place to grab a moment or two of silence.

  9. Our electricity went out for 4 hours three months ago. It was absolutely amazing how quiet it was in the house and outside on the street. No refrigerator running, no computer, no cable TV box purring, no street lights buzzing, nothing. Absolute silence. It was soothing and chilling all at the same time.

    1. It is really an odd feeling when we lose the electricity. It feels as if we have been cut off from the world. But I guess it’s those moments we can grab a minute for ourselves and curl up with a good book 🙂

  10. i loved your photo and laughed at the bison poop ending. Yesterday I did some gardening… digging and planting and feeling the earth on my hands and the quiet-only bird songs could be heard-reminded me of why I love gardening so much. silence.

    1. Thank you! Bison poop! It’s everywhere I even tripped over a lump of it on the way out of the forest. Gardening is a wonderful time to grab an hour or two to one self. My kids like to help so it isn’t very quiet for me 😉

  11. Belle, most definitely, your family outings are what dreams are made of! What’s not to love about a family coming together to listen for animals, spy a butterfly, and laugh over almost stepping in bison poop!

    1. Thank you! Last summer my little guy was hopping from tree stump to tree stump. There was a large thing of bison dung which he thought was a stump. Needless, to say it was a smelly drive home 😉

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