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?