Crunch. Zip. Zoop. Plop. Smsshh. Fzz. Pop. Boom. Ba-boum. BOOM!. Hiss. Click. Hmmm. Whish. Wahou,Wahou,Wahou. Whoosh. Phft. Drip. Dlop. Creak.
Sounds are intriguing because there are just so many and they are so hard to describe only using words. Today I would like to talk about some of my favorite sounds. I know I was on a roll of doing photos on Fridays, but I want to use another sense today.
As I was walking to and from classes today I realized that I purposefully try to step on fallen leaves on the ground. I began to wonder why, and the only conclusion I can come to is that I like the way they sound when they crunch beneath my foot. Of course this could sound sort of strange considering I like the way something sounds when it is destroyed. After my foot lands on top of it, no longer is it in its original form; actually I like to think it is in a better form that spreads more color throughout the grass. Sometimes I purposefully stray from the straight path because I see a nice crunchy leaf I want to hear. Even if I have music in my ears, I can hear the crisp crunch in my foot which travels to my brain to process into a sound my ears never heard. The rain, while it keeps the leaves green longer also messes up my crunching plan. Soggy leaves don’t crunch.
I’m not sure why I like this sound. Maybe it’s because I only can hear it at certain parts of the year. Maybe I just like the satisfaction of trying to find the right leaves to crunch. I know it’s the only time I allow myself to step on cracks in the sidewalk. Usually I will purposefully adjust my stride length in order to avoid cracks in the sidewalk, even unintentional cracks, but when fall comes I will change my stride in order to step on leaves even if that means stepping on cracks. I may look funny doing this, but it brings a little bit of enjoyment to me.