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What a beech twig hears…

…when a gust of wind passes over its leaves. These are the vibrations that tremble through the wood. Inaudible to our ears, but the tree’s cells are shaken (not stirred) and any insect in the twig could detect the vibrations through its feet.


I recorded this today using a tiny accelerometer on the twig’s surface. The leaves have been out for a week or two, so they are still very delicate.

“But their comprehensive silence stays the same”? Not so, Professor Nemerov, not so.