Hear The World
I have discovered one of the most beautiful websites, but not because of how it looks, rather for how it sounds.
A group of professional nature recordists from around the globe collaborated a couple of years ago to develop Nature Soundmap, an interactive way of exploring natural sounds from across the world. Combining high-quality field recordings with the latest satellite imagery, the project brings together some of nature’s most beautiful, interesting and inspiring sounds.
The first thing I did was make my way across Southeast Asia. I listened to a storm in Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka, then Empress Cicadas and White-Rumped Shama at dusk in Borneo's rainforest, then sounds from Sulawesi in Indonesia.
I was immediately taken back to Bali, Natal, Mauritius, Thailand, Vietnam, for all their tropical beauty, the kind of climate I gravitate towards the most.
Earphones in. And let your mind bend.
Jungle coastline on the island of São Tomé