Summer is officially over, and summer weather is quickly waning. And among the many changes that happen with the seasonal shift, perhaps none is simultaneously as subtle and poignant as the way the outdoors sound.

I was reminded of the shift in sound that the seasons create when I was going back over recordings I made this summer. In July, I was in Raleigh, North Carolina, for work. At the end of my day, I wandered around downtown for a bit until I came upon the state capitol. The building, which was finished in 1840, is surrounded by a small park-like area.

And during my visit, the sound of crickets and cicadas hung in the air:

For me — a person from the West and West Coasts, where we have different insects, weather, and sounds — the noise was a striking reminder of place. Now, as summer quickly fades to fall, it’s a reminder of change as well.

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— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.

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