Crispy cold air this morning. When I was sweeping the path in the front yard, I saw two groups geese flew in the sky. As they were getting closer, one of them separated itself from its group and flew towards the other. It paused in the middle and started honking. Soon after, those two groups started joining together as a V shape, honking loudly and heading toward the southeast.

It started drizzling shortly after we set out. It may not be a good day for a long walk I thought. It was about 25 minutes drive and the weather might change though I decided to give it a try. Fortunately the rain stopped before we arrived. We wrapped ourself as much as possible and got out of the car. Along the bay shore the wind made the salty air thinner. On one side of the trail was the open sea of Cold Spring Harbor and on the other was a swamp which is the very end of Lloyd Harbor. I see many wild birds resting in that swamp every time I pass by, now it was an empty playground. The naked trees stood against the backdrop of the gray sky in which clouds started clumping together. On our way back to the car, the sky unexpectedly cracked like ice. Instead of rain, the sunshine was pouring down.

在Stundarfridur小旅馆的走道里看到过一张绘有冰岛本地常见花卉的海报,每次经过时忍不住停下来多看几眼,试图辨识几种植物的样貌。后来旅行中再看到不知名的花草,努力回想那张海报上画了些什么,脑袋里却空空如也,有点后悔没给海报拍张照。
在冰岛停留的最后一天在雷克雅维克市区闲逛,在Penninn Eymundsson书店里竟然看到了同样的一张海报,标价34美元,想买的念头顿时打消。

前些天在摆弄旅游带回来的卵石时想,在上面画些什么吧,于是又想起了那张海报。

上网搜集了一些关于冰岛花卉的资料,原来这座岛屿上并没有特别大型绚丽的花,野花占多数。乍一看并不起眼的小植物,细分后种类之多让人瞠目,大自然真是不可小觑。

风拂过草甸一浪一浪,羊群自由散漫,高一些的山腰上植物渐渐稀少,黑色岩石裸露,山巅消失进云层不见。所处大西洋北部环流的包围,冰岛天气多变,山海环抱的天地,是鱼群鸟群羊群的天堂。
村上春树在《假如真有时光机》里有对冰岛的记述,实地拜访过以后再读一遍,对冰岛和村上都加剧了亲切感。
旅途中大部分时候我都蒙着眼罩在车里睡觉,摄影的热情在减,徒步的热情在减,这些都是事实。

石头来自火山口和海边,旧马掌,茅香草。

This is too much for me. This is never too much for me.

曼哈顿中央公园东南角与第五大道的路口有一排Strand Bookstore的小书亭。天气好的时候书亭会延伸出一排长长的桌子,上面摆满了各种书,路过的人或风会随意翻看。最引人驻足的是卖帆布包的摊子,各色布包上印着书店LOGO或与书相关的插画。在书摊一头高高的柜台后面,坐着一位年轻的收银员,有顾客结账或问东问西时,他态度和蔼笑容满面。
由书摊想开去,零八年离开上海来到纽约,作为一个爱逛书店的人,特别不适应的是离开了常去的书店(旧爱) ,又找不到中意的本地书店(新欢),当然也是因为自己的英文太烂几乎读不懂英文书,曾经一度相当苦闷。再后来,从咬着牙查字典,到慢慢能读懂一些青少年文学,再到今天终于能比较自主地选择阅读成人英文作品,重新享受到阅读带来的自由与乐趣,用了十年。

继续托天气的福,五月雨水充沛,没有浇过一次地,植物们看起来依然自在。除了简单的修剪和清理,没什么体力活儿。不过,也并非想象的那样轻松,这里有几件想要记录的事。
终于还是砍去了前院的那棵枫香树(Sweetgum),树龄三十多年,比二层楼屋顶还要高出许多,也比我更清楚这里的春夏秋冬。砍树的原因很无奈,树被砍去的那天心情一直好不起来。之前画过一幅《Sweetgum Tree》的小画算是对那棵树的纪念。
初夏的鸟儿们忙着哺育后代,黑鸟(Black Bird)知更鸟(Robin)泣鸽(Mourning Dove)忙碌的身影随处可见。今年有两只知更在屋前的杜鹃树上做窝下蛋,不久孵出了小鸟,大鸟勤快地打食喂养小鸟。有一天早上,却在家门口发现一具鸟残骸,只剩喙、爪子和一些羽毛。是野猫偷吃了小鸟?总之那天以后鸟窝里一直空空如也。
另有一天,发现在院子的砖路上躺着又一只幼鸟,这只才孵出不久,浑身还是灰色绒毛,分辨不出是什么鸟。周围没有树和灌木,不像是从窝里掉下来的,估计是在窝里夭折后被大鸟衔出?成鸟倒是有把幼鸟的粪便衔出去扔掉的习惯。
最惊心的应该是总算除了院子里的那条蛇。

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