The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, for most of its acreage, is a harsh and unforgiving landscape of slickrock and sand, creosote bushes and cacti. But here and there you will find dry washes in the twisting, layered, petrified sand of white slickrock. And in some of those washes there are small, cylindrical basins with a bit of mud and grass. And if you’re lucky a little water. This recording was taken high up on the side of one of these slickrock mountains next to just such as water hole (though it was so small and muddy as to barely earn that name). The most prevalent sound is that of the ever-present wind moaning and muttering and shoving across the hard rock of the landscape in an undulating intensity. But, thanks to the little bit of water, you can hear the occasional sounds of flying, chirping, buzzing and crawling insects (some a little close for comfort!), as well as the little tussocks of grasses moving in their natural rhythms with the endless wind. Despite the desolation of the place and the unforgiving sun, the occasional bird makes an appearance as well. Perfect for meditation, studying, sleep, or any other situation where white noise/nature sounds are useful.
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