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我的旅伴: The Singing Wilderness

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念书的时候修过一门有关自然环境方面的英语写作课,“被迫”阅读了好些书,其中包括了 “Walden and Civil Disobedience” by Henry David Thoreau, “A Sand Country Almanac” by Aldo Leopold, “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey, “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, 和非纸质书 “Cradle to Cradle” by William McDonough & Michael Braungart。这几本书我都还保存着,搁在书架上随时可以阅读。前几天先生递给我一本书,说是给我旅途中解解闷,有人照料我的精神生活,觉着还挺幸福的。

 

 

书一捧在手中,便喜欢上了封面的黑白画。信手翻开,这是一本关于荒野生活的散文集,由春夏秋冬四季的小故事而构成。这样的书籍很适合作为旅行伴侣,不必纠结承上启下的故事情节,挑灯夜读迫切地想知道结果,我可以拿得起放得下读到哪里是哪里。

作者Olson是二十世纪伟大的环境学家,是他让一代美国人认识到了保护荒野的重要性。Olson笔下的歌唱的荒野,位于苏比利尔湖的西北部,那里有潜鸟的呼唤,奇幻的北极光,静寂的大地。那里没有陆路能够抵达,人们至今仍是划着独木舟带着装备,沿着古印第安人和船夫的路线前往。

Silence

It was before dawn, that period of hush before the birds had begun to sing. The lake was breathing softly as in sleep; rising and falling, it seemed to me to absorb like a great sponge all the sounds of the earth. It was a time of quiet—no wind rustling the leaves, no lapping of the water, no calling of animals or birds. But I listened just the same, straining with all my faculties toward something—I knew not what—trying to catch the meanings that were there in that moment before the lifting of the dark.

 

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两年前的Memorial Day长周末,我们带着来访的父母在北岸的Lutsen租了小木屋度假。期间先生驾车在不知名的路上兜了一大圈,我们曾是那么近距离地看到这片无界的水域。Boundary Waters is listed as one of National Geographic's 50 Places of a Lifetime: the world's greatest destinations. 希望有朝一日我们也能带小卢划船去探险。

1. 满天灰尘的土石路

2. 到此一游:无界水域独木舟区

3. 卢卡斯看到湖开心坏了

4. 归来的舟行者

5. 两狗打招呼

6. 启航的独木舟

7. 渐划渐远

“Joys come from simple and natural things: mist over meadows, sunlight on leaves, the path of the moon over water. Even rain and wind and stormy clouds bring joy.”—Sigurd F. Olson

 

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