富陽自然生態公園 (劉展鵬)

富陽自然生態公園 (Fuyang Eco Park) was not the typical kind of parks that I had imagined it to be. I was expecting more architecture than ecosystems. As I arrived at the park, I was greeted by a narrow path completely surrounded by vegetations. The familiar crickets’ chriping was heard in the surrounding environment. As I started to trek my way up the park, the sound made from these little creatures living in the vegetations got more apparent. I have transitted from a loud bustling city environment to a softer, slower, serene natural habitat.

A couple of times as I climbed further up the park, the already accustomed natural soundscape for my ears got disrupted by distant cracking of fallen leaves and footsteps. I eventually reached a Y-Junction and took the path which I can spot the familiar taipei 101 beyond all the greens. This time, the soundscape was changing. Distant traffic mechanical sound from the roads surrounding the bottom of the park joined the original tranquil environment.  It was different. A combination of natural sounds and distant traffic sounds surprisingly gave a feeling of assurance. Perhaps the assurance that I was not too far away from civilisation in this foreign environment.

Eventually as I walked further, the vegetations cleared for an electrical transmission tower standing magnificently alone by the cliff. This time, I was greeted by this unfamiliar bzzing sound made from the electrical transmission tower.  It is definitely an intriguing sound to listen to since such a sound cannot be easily heard around.

Afterwhich, I decided to make my way down the park. I was further astonished by what the park could offer. Finally, I found the chirpping of birds which had been absent until that point in time. It was overwhelming. The intensity of the chrippings almost completely blocked off the other sounds that were present all along. It was joyous. However, shortly after I found myself once again immersed in the loud bustling traffic sound as I left the park.