14 – Sounds

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Click the video above for 2 minutes of background waves while reading.

I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

Silence on this day as most of the birds – the herons, sandpipers, sanderlings, and pelicans are silent. Even seagulls frequently gather to stand in silence – but it seems they also enjoy hearing their squawk.

I’m away from the sounds of the street – no cars, no trucks, no motorcycles interrupting nature’s natural sounds. The low tide stimulates my auditory sense with a variety of pleasures.

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The rolling sounds of waves approaching the shore stereophonically pass by me. An occasional thunderous clap serves as a warning of a high probability of a splash.

Today is a lucky day as I notice my favorite beach sound – the steady, gentle rolling splash of water gliding across shallow sand on its way to the beach. The sea seems to be speaking to me – Hush – be quiet and listen – shhhhhhh – enjoy and cherish.

I hear the wind interacting with my ears. It’s easy to detect – from what appears as a light touch – not the persistent whistle or even a roar of other days. The wind’s auditory message changes as I turn to face the opposite direction – but the change is minor this morning.

I hear the regular rhythm of my feet on the sand with each step. It resembles a bass drum keeping the steady beat for the glorious sound of a marching band playing a classic march. I loved my band days.

My feet splashing through the water seemingly muddles the steady beat, but it’s still present.

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I stop to stand and look out to the sea. I listen. I hear the light popping of tiny foam bubbles caressing my feet …. ahhhhhh.

I let the sounds of the beach do the speaking through silence because there are no words – and no human words to get in the way.

The sounds of people at the beach are minimal. It’s the off-season, so there are fewer people than during the region’s prime time of summer – and the present are primarily retirees. Other than friendly hellos as people pass, my ears don’t detect a human presence on the beach.

The solitude of a morning walk with the morning sun, the surf, minimal human sounds, and only a few people. The birds are out now – yet, they aren’t noisy. Not even the seagulls. The birds are just adding another layer of natural sounds as they do what birds do.

Sounds are my thoughts on this day. One can hear so much when they take time to listen – especially at an oasis-like the beach. Meanwhile, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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85 thoughts on “14 – Sounds”

    1. Happy Thanksgiving. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October so we are always happy to celebrate it again in November – well everyday of the year is thanksgiving. I enjoyed the sounds of silence as I joined you on your walk.

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      1. Rebecca,
        Thank you for the Thanksgiving greeting. Canadians know how to have fun, so celebrating Thanksgiving twice wouldn’t be out of the question. 🙂 Cheers to your appreciation for silence. I smiled when you mentioned the sound of silence because that song was considered for this walk. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    2. Margaret,
      Excellent point. Life’s events can exhaust our mind, but soothing sounds can act as a cleanser … and beach sounds are one of the cleaners, but not the only. To some, it may be music. To others, sitting alone in the yard, and theirs much more. Happy Thanksgiving from my side of the pond.


  1. My favorite line – Sounds are my thoughts on this day.
    That line comes at such a perfect place in your post, after describing all the sounds in a way that they give more the experience of silence and solitude. It was very meditative to be the ocean experience away from the noise and full of silence & soothing sounds.


  2. this is truly spectacular writing … so rhythmic and soothing, you took me there!

    Great pics and sound tracks too … so nice to meet you Frank and thanks so much for sharing this!


    1. Kate,
      Welcome first-time beach walker. You have touched on what I try to do with each walk … rhythmic, soothing, and thought-provoking. I always have the beach sounds available at the beginning for those who want it, plus a closing video. Several images are always included, and sometimes I collaborate with other bloggers for their photos. So thanks for picking up on everything I try to do here. One question – How did you find Beach Walk Reflections? Hoping you return, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      1. to say I was a first time beach walker would be a real lie Frank, maybe a first time visitor to your blog but I’ve been walking beaches since I was born!

        You linked your last post to my ‘sound’ post, hence I dropped over to say hi 🙂

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                    1. ha I much prefer the heat to the cold, altho I hear we are in for a stinker this summer so will enjoy peoples photos of the northern winter to keep me cool!


  3. City sounds are so intrusive and “rude” in their assault on our ears and minds…..but that soothing sound of waves rushing to shore and waves breaking in the distance – even the bird sounds – THAT takes us away to a much better place. Relaxing……calm…..peaceful – which these days is literally “just what the doctor ordered” ! Happy Thanksgiving…………

    Pam (and Teddy)


    1. Pam,
      To me, your comment is the yin and yang of sounds – that dualism concept that are opposite yet interconnected. Whether the sounds of birds, the rustling of leaves of a light wind, that calm feeling we get from high on a hill, or many other ways – let those natural sounds take us to a better place. Yes – our lives need them! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. My wife made the pie yesterday, and thanks to our inner Teddy, we avoided the temptation!

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  4. I appreciate this, Frank.This is the way I feel–why I like to walk in the morning when few people are around.–even though here, I hear traffic and planes, and leaf blowers! But it is so soothing to listen to water and birds.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ms. Angle!

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    1. Merril,
      Cheers to your morning walks. By the way, I’ve been enjoy your many beautiful images you capture on your walks. Oh yes – When we let them, natural sounds have a way of covering the human sounds in the background. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Enjoy your day.

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  5. That’s my favorite sound when walking along the water. When the wave crashes into the shore, smacking the sand before settling in and then retreating in that magical whooooosh sound that will soon be replaced with another. Love that.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Cincy

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    1. Pam,
      I like your thought of sound being another world – encased and safe from the chaos. I’m going to think that you intent is the sounds of the natural world because they human world has brought its share of noise into the world. Then again, let us not forget the joys of music that humans have brought into the world. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Dale,
      Your comment reminds me of all the sounds associated with water. Wow …. including the continuous roars of a grand waterfall. Knowing that you enjoy being outside on a walk, cheers for your appreciation of the sounds of the natural world. Happy Thanksgiving to your from across the border.

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    1. Jo,
      The sound of rain is a story in itself. I’ve got the feeling this is your rainy season. Thank you for the Thanksgiving greeting. Like many in the US, Covid altered our normal plans, but we made the best of it. Only 3 of us, so we ordered a restaurant meal that we picked up Tuesday – so only had to re=heat it today. All went well – but we had our own dessert – an apple bourbon bacon pie.


  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Frank. When I left the coast, it took some time to get used to not having the surf’s constant sound in my ears. I did finally adjust to the silence that is Lakeway. (Of course, having tinnitus helped.)


  7. The light popping of tiny foam bubbles caressing your feet — what a wonderful sensation that is but I’m not sure I have ever heard the sound of it. Next time I go to the beach I will listen for it — looks like I have been missing something wonderful. I love how the sounds of the sea quietly smooth out the sounds of any humans nearby. Beautiful, reflective post, Frank! Happy Thanksgiving!


  8. Sounds, or the lack of some sounds, are so soothing and good for the soul. Lovely post, Frank. This Thanksgiving morning I’m listening to the sounds of classical music, of my guy cooking downstairs in the kitchen (he’s the annual turkey roaster, even though this year it’s just the two of us), and the sounds of the pitter patter of rain on our roof. But yes, the sounds of the ocean – that’s the most sublime. Happy Thanksgiving!


    1. Pam,
      No matter where we are, it’s interesting the sounds we pick up just by listening. You mentioned the sound of rain. We know it has different sounds – but another factor is our location. For instance, the sounds of the rain sound different on the first floor than the second. When we are at the beach, while sitting on an upper floor balcony, the rain seems silent. Cheers to the sounds of music and the moods they can provide. The day after our recent Election Day, I kept the TV off and played relaxing music most of my day. I must say, that was the best decision I made! Meanwhile, cheers to the sublime sounds of the ocean. Happy Thanksgiving! Hope hubby’s turkey was another success.

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      1. You’re so right – sounds of even the same thing (like rain) are different depending on where we live or are situated. My favorite sound of rain is when we’re in our Kauai villa and we listen to that tropical rain beat on the large palm leaves. ❤ Our turkey was roasted perfectly – my guy has had years of practice. 🙂

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  9. Beautiful… I walked too with you… What a great feeling even to dream too… Thank you dear Frank, Happy Thanksgiving Day with your family, Love, nia


  10. Happy Thanksgiving, Frank! You had me at the sound of the waves and the absence of people-noises — but the sound of a band playing a good march is hard to top!!


  11. It’s great to walk alone because you truly can listen to all the sounds. I love the sound of the waves against the sand. The bird calls. Even a jet overhead. To keep expanding the world by hearing more and more. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Frank!


    1. Kathy,
      Knowing that you are in the UP, I know you appreciate wilderness … plus I’m confident you can relate this post to the sounds of your area. But I like the bottom line of your comment – No matter where a person is, listening expands the world. Well stated …. and Happy Thanksgiving.

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  12. Thank you for another refreshing, reflective beach walk, Frank!
    Be they calm or restless, beach sounds are very relaxing to me…. without hoards of beach goers. Of course a hurricane alters that thought.
    I lived on Miami beach for almost a year. Well,I lived in a house right on the beach.
    Most interesting was the sound at night, when we went to bed. Be it calm or restless, the ocean never shuts up. Its voice lulled me to sleep every night. My GF, in the next bedroom, hated it. She couldn’t sleep with all that racket. “Brahms Third Racket” (joke from Fawlty Towers).
    Much like the sound of the ocean at night………. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4x


    1. Resa,
      I’m like you – that is finding the perpetual sounds of waves coming ashore to be both reliable and soothing – but GF must finding it to be racket? Simply wow – and that must be a rarity. After all, it takes all types of people to make the world go. Thanks for sharing your personal experiences – and not only can I imagine the sounds of a hurricane, I don’t want to know. BTW – Thanks for this version of Sounds of Silence. It’s new to me and interesting. I strongly considered the song for this post, but obviously went in another direction. Thanks for the Thanksgiving greeting, and Happy Thanksgiving from my side of our border to your side.

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  13. Again, I feel the wave of calm washing over me as I read your words. I feel that you were listening to the silence, a poignant message in this post. I love this line ~ “there are no words – and no human words to get in the way” ~ no words to describe the magic, and no human trying to muddle the peace by talking …
    Oh! I think I’ve said enough! Words are not required, just the sounds. ❤


    1. Joanne,
      You have made me smile. I enjoy when readers share the favorite parts – so I thank you for the joy you have given me. Plus, if I delivered calm and a poignant message, mission accomplished. Happy Thanksgiving from my part of the world (and a day late). 😉


  14. You took me back to my many times of walking beaches. We’ve several types of beaches around the Norfolk/North Suffolk coast. Because of cliff erosion, much of the coast is now protected, which changes the sounds of the incoming waves… hollow booms against the woods, horrid clashes against the granite. But then there are stretches of deep beach where the waves whisper in, others so stony that the waves play a percussive tune, almost like a xylophone.
    Thank you for that trigger to remembering

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  15. The sounds of the ocean are particularly calming and soothing to me, Frank. I loved reading this. I received a Thanksgiving message from an old friend, and in her comments to me about her family day, she said she was wishing they’d do away with the meal and just give her a drive to the ocean. She lives in Oregon, not too far from from the coast. I knew exactly what she was missing. You write very well about the pleasures of the beach experience. Thank you! I need it!


    1. Debra,
      Knowing your love for various aspects of the ocean, your comment was extra special. Those who live close to the ocean or have it nearby for much of their life have a connection that we visitors don’t have. The sounds, the views, the sand, the smell, and the feeling of the water have a synergistic effect on all of us – but even more to those with the extra special relationship with the ocean. Meanwhile, I’m happy to know that I helped your day!


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