Juniper Berries and Sounds in the Night

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Isn’t the word Juniper melodic in a wonderful way. I’ve always loved the name…almost named one of my daughters that, but she got the name Sage instead, which suits her very well. Anyway, we have tons of these beautiful berries cascading from our trees this year. So many that they look blue from a distance. But what can you use them for?

The Epicentre has some great suggestions for cooking meats and fish with Juniper and also lists the medicinal benefits of this berry. They even have some recipes. I’ll have to get my gourmet cook daughter to try some of these out. And now you know where you can get Juniper berries if you need them. 🙂

Many of you have heard me complain about the cicada and cricket noises in our trees during the hot summer months. If you haven’t ever experienced the loud fast marching cadence of these bugs that drowns out even a loud conversation, than you might be missing something in your life, or maybe you are not missing something… Well, here is a very beautiful and intriguing audio tape of two tracks of crickets chirping in the night. One has been slowed down and you won’t believe the awesomeness of this… Here’s the link…

Robert Wilson – crickets audio recording slowed way down

Please come back and tell me what you think. 🙂


5 thoughts on “Juniper Berries and Sounds in the Night

  1. Wow! That’s incredible! So beautiful, I think I could probably listen to that for hours… I never would have imagined… nature and time are both amazing mysteries. And I also love the name Juniper. That was the name of my son’s classroom for his first 3 elementary years. (But Sage is a very beautiful name too. ;-)) What do juniper berries taste like?


    • Juniper berries don’t taste good at all. Kind of like pine, but they have their own flavor. They are used to enhance the flavor of food, it’s not like you would want to eat the berries themselves.

      I thought the cricket noises slowed down sounded like a heavenly choir. I wish he had a track of just the slowed down version. Very beautiful! It makes you wonder what other slowed down sound would be like. Like the sound of a rushing stream slowed down, or thunder…


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