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    • When I bought this house, there were no trees around it and therefore no birds in the yard. Several years after I got some trees in, they were close enough for me to hear every day. I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed them.

      And when I mentioned getting away to the peace and quiet of the country, I meant away from city noises so that I could hear the birds, the wind in the trees, the rushing streams, the scolding of pikas, squirrels, and marmots, the bugling of elk, etc. I am, probably too easily, annoyed by people on the trails who shout and scream and carry on in such a way as to make it impossible to hear anything else. Why do they bother being there if not to enjoy what nature has to offer?

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