In celebration of the spring equinox, Orion contributor Hank Lentfer continues his “Sounds from Alaska” series, which debuted two years ago on the Orion blog. Listen to sounds from last spring, summer, and fall here.
The most fun and vibrant days of my life have involved chasing sounds with my good friend Richard Nelson. Early mornings recording warblers and thrushes, afternoons in tern colonies or alongside salmon streams, evenings filled with the cavernous breath of whales and sharp whistle of murrelets. Listening, day after fantastic day for the last two years, has added up to what Nels and I both agree to be the most joyful summers of our lives.
Thinking back through all the hours, headphones clamped tight, microphone held steady, there is one sound that rises clear for each of us. I invite you to listen to the story of Richard’s favorite sound.
Hank Lentfer, author of Faith of Cranes, is ear-deep in a new career recording the whistles, clicks, groans, and splashes of his wild neighbors.