Owyhee River Canyon, May 2014
Recorded May 10, 2014 in the early afternoon.
Length: 10 minutes
The rushing roar of rapids from the Owyhee River winding deep through the canyon below can be heard along the high rim.
From this vantage, the closest river sounds from nearly 800 feet below and the most distant river sounds from miles away are shaped by the winds and canyon echoes before arrival to the listening ear.
This selection begins with a gusty breeze and some wind rumble on the microphones, but then the wind quietens revealing bird conversations across the steep terrain.
Also listen for the occasional swallows, perhaps bank swallows, swooping past, brewers sparrows, and maybe a rock wren or other bird singing from the steep canyon slopes.
This location is in a very remote area of Oregon, perhaps three hours by high clearance vehicle to any services. With very few people or structures for miles around, the primary noise pollution is from commercial jet traffic. The primary natural noise is from wind and weather. When all this settles down, you can hear amazing subtle voices on the landscape.