The Miribel-Jonage Park is big.
The trail around the Blue Waters Lake alone is 9km long.
This Saturday, May 20th, we’re three to undertake to silently follow this trail: Jérémy, Samuel and I.
We start walking at 10AM.
The park is quite calm for a sunny saturday. But still, you must imagine walkers, a dog jumping in the water, a jogger, cyclists, the noise of the highway, of the planes, birds, restaurants, gravels, stone dust on the trail, couples having a fight, children playing …. to portray this place.
Curiously, what stays off this soundscape is… water. Two areas let us hear it: the first one is an elephant sculpture letting water running down its trunk. Soft and simple reminder. The second one is a man-maid waterway from a pond in the north to the lake. Even the fishers, sitting on their floats in the middle of the lake, stay as silents as monks.
A space stands out with the abundance of birds songs – but not only.
Next to a path, a wooded area without any trail lets a way more lush vegetation grow. The nature around is quite dense, we can hear a whole choir of various birds from where we are. But it is the acoustic quality of the place that hit me: the site is colored by a unique and significant reverb.
This is why I ask the same question: do birds choose their “singing spaces” regarding their acoustic quality?
Could it be comparable to the humans magnifying their voices in the shower or in a church?