C for Canola (婺源。初春的一抹油菜花)

这是一趟说走就走的旅行。

从来不知道什么是油菜花,直到在马蜂窝上看到那一片令人向往的淡黄。三月底四月初,正值婺源油菜花开,买了张机票连江西婺源在哪里都不知道的情况下,就这样出发了。我奔着“中国最美乡村”的油菜花田,出发了。

Out of sheer coincidence, I chanced upon a photo of a sea of canola yellow.

It hit me like a vision.

So this was how my spontaneous trip to Wu Yuan began.

可惜人算不如天算,我的姗姗来迟导致我只够时间匆匆扫一眼油菜花凋零前的遗容。清明节的几场大雨扫走了我的花田梦,吹来了一丝丝遗憾。

I was late, though. By a mere week.

A series of heavy downpours in early April washed my vision away, mercilessly. Most of the canola flowers have vacant themselves from the lowland fields, except a few struggling ones on highland. The superstar in yellow now became a complimentary adornment in the fields of endless green.

 

清晨驱车去爬(小)山(丘)去看日出。虽然没看到瑰丽的日出(因为发现那里根本不是看日出的地方),但在一小片山茶田与油菜花丛里玩的也算尽兴。

也许是过了油菜花旺盛的时节,也许是起了个大早,也许是来错了地方,也许是所有综合的原因,但这阴错阳差令我难得不被成群的游客打扰。份外珍惜这难得的清闲。

而这令人向往的油菜花到底是什么?

油菜花,属于一种可食用的草本植物,原产地在欧洲与中亚一带。而在中国,由于栽培较广,以长江水域以及南方部分地区为多。油菜花的种子含油量达35~50%,可以用来榨油或当作饲料用。除此之外,油菜花的嫩茎及叶也可以当作蔬菜食用。油菜花的花开时节是每年的3月到9月,从南向北,根据地理位置而变。除了中国,在欧洲与北美也都可以找到美丽的油菜花海。

What kind of flower is Canola exactly?

Canola is a crop with plants that stand 3-5 feet tall and produce pods from which seeds are harvested and crushed to create canola oil, a type of vegetable oil for household consumption (the canola seeds have high oil content up to 50%). Each stalk also produces a bundle of lovely yellow flowers that blossom from March to August, depending on the region. Other than China, you can also spot spectacular canola fields in Europe, US, Canada, etc. Those I must say, China’s “Canola Tourism” has done a terrific marketing job.

Peak-a-poo.

这是个美得像一首小诗的乡村,让人有种不小心穿越到了古代某个田园诗人的后院。

篱落疏疏一径深,树头花落未成阴;
儿童急走追黄蝶,飞入菜花无处寻。
                                                                – 杨万里(宋)

In great cities we drift into our minority. In the little towns and villages there are no minorities as people are not populous enough. Hence you see their world there, they are their own worlds. As you follow the century-old pebble road into the unknown, you leave your favourite whimsy behind you.

You understand now why the old townfolks would want to live there forever. Life doesn’t change much here, only colours. And life whirls by as quiet as a murmur… a pure murmuring of life.

再见。我们8月青海再见。


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