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Soundscapes of Nature - Finding Nature in Clark County, WA

What is your neighborhood soundscape?

 

The other day, we were driving to view a home for a client out in the countryside just outside Camas WA. Coincidentally we tuned into an NPR interview with Bernie Krause, a scientist who has spent his life recording natural "soundscapes" - environmental wildlife sounds from all over the world.

Pacific Northwest Songbird

 

Through his recordings, he has documented the diminishing volume and diversity of wildlife over the decades.  The changes are alarming - especially in our country.  It was a compelling interview, which prompted a conversation about what we want as our natural surroundings and soundscapes where we live.  Here are some examples:

Soundscape before the California drought.
Soundscape since the California drought.

 

 

Photo Courtesy Greg Gilson © 2011

 

We often take birds and wildlife for granted, but it is clear the sounds of nature are diminishing. 

Western Bluebird

 

In our previous neighborhood, which once bounded with the sounds of frogs, birds, owls and coyotes, there was a noticeable decline in the soundscape as the area was built out. We recognize that progress and housing developments are essential elements of our industry. But it raises a valuable questions about quality of life - where do you go to hear nature?

      

Photo Courtesy Greg Gilson © 2011

 We now live in a rural area and notice the distinct difference in natural sounds and the night sky (more on that in another blog). We have made the decision to trade off proximity to services and neighbors for access to nature. We recognize it’s not for everyone, yet we have a growing list of clients who also prefer this lifestyle.

 

So, how close do you want to be to that environment?  Would you drive an extra 15 minutes to live in an area with a vibrant ecosystem? Call us if you want to enhance the views and soundscapes outside your windows. We sell ViewHomes of Clark County - homes on larger parcels of land featuring views of nature, not neighbors. Harcourts USA - The Carl Group - We're Your Locals. 

 

 

ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.


 

                                                                             

 

Soundscapes of Nature - Finding Nature in Clark County, WA
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