百鸟回归(1)The Return of Birds

以下译自John Burroughs的结集《Wake Robin》里的The Return of Birds。未经同意请勿转载,谢谢

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一般而言,北方的春天是从三月中旬开始,到六月中旬结束。至少春天的气息会持续高涨到这个时候。夏至过后,幼苗和嫩茎已经长成粗壮的枝木,多汁的草叶已不复鲜嫩。

这段时间里,百鸟陆续现身。一两种胆大的或半驯化的禽鸟。例如北美歌雀(Song Sparrow)和蓝鸟(Bluebird),通常会在三月亮相。更为罕见珍稀的林鸟则在六月到来前纷纷到场。在这个季节推进过程中,伴随着某种花草的出现,相对应可以看到不同鸟类的登场。看到蒲公英(Dandelion),我就知道何时可以见到燕子的身影;赤莲(Dog-toothed Violet),则昭示了林鸫(Wood Thrush)的到来;如若看到延龄草(Wake-Robin)盛开,我就知道春天正式开始了。然而延龄草,让我联想到的不单是“醒来”的知更鸟(Robin),因为早在几周前已经看到他们了,我想到的是,自然更替,万物复苏。

Wood Thrush

 

Dog-toothed Violet

 

Song Sparrow

 

Bluebird

 

Wake-Robin

 

note:

1,vernal tide

2,summer Solstice

3,freshness and succulency

4,inaugurated, inauguration

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