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Wind in the Late Summer Trees
Duncan Chapman
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Trees make different sounds throughout the year: each season has its own voice. The horse chestnut trees recorded for this minute have large leaves that bump into each other when the wind blows. For much of the year, the trees are quieter, due to their leaves falling off. In late summer, these trees have had their new leaves for a few months, letting them once again find their voice. As the summer goes on, the trees practice more and more, forming a choir conducted by the weather. In autumn, conkers grow like shining jewels hidden in a spiky cage, falling to the ground with a plop, adding another voice to the horse chestnut choir.
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