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一夜白頭

Bewildered in March and March Bewilderment

– Age in One Night

某年3月,下雨後,經過太子道旺角火車站一段,驚覺兩邊行人路上長滿白花,那種感覺像是一剎那間進入了春天生機處處的日子.

2010年,終於拿起相機, 記錄著彌敦道一棵魚木的開花日子. 此樹較為特別,比其他樹早數天的長葉和開花.當它的樹冠上長滿白花時,還趕得切在數天後往太子道欣賞傳說中魚木"一夜白頭"的情景.

It was a rainy March day some years ago.  When the rain stopped, I passed by Prince Edward Road section near Mongkok MTR.  I was astonished that both sides of the pavement were full of white flowers.  Vitality of spring was everywhere in just a split second. 

In 2010, I finally picked up my camera and recorded the flowering days of a Spider tree (Crateva unilocularis) at Nathan Road.  This tree was rather special as its foliage and flowers grew out a few days ahead of all the other trees.  When its canopy was full with white blossoms, we could still have a few more days to go to Prince Edward Road to catch up with the legendary “Age in one night” scenario. 

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308.長葉的第三日

The third day in leaf

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316
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318, 長花Flowering
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320,出了白花瓣White petals
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322,出了黃花瓣Yellow petals
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323
325,微雨

Drizzle

326, 盛放

Blooming

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402

blooming reach maximum

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start declining

以上魚木由3月6日長出第一塊葉, 經歷了21天, 到了3月26日,葉和花長滿整個樹冠. "一夜白頭"的現象在最後的數天出現. 由於3月多雨, 陰天下我們不會留意樹冠上的變化, 當太陽出來後, "白頭"現象變得震撼.

谷主原先以為下雨是魚木長花的催化訊號, 卻遇上一個不落雨的3月, 推翻了原本的猜想. 樹木內藏養分作為春天開花長葉的動力, 在外表中看不出樹芯中開花前開花後的變化.

From the first day in leaf on March 6th to full bloom on March 26th, the whole process took 21 days.  The phenomenon of “Age in one night” could be seen in the last few days.  As March is always rainy and cloudy, the changes of the canopy may not be too noticeable.  However, as the sun comes out, the “ageing” phenomenon is stunning. 

I used to think that rain is a catalytic signal for the blooming of Spider tree.  Here it comes a dry March with NO rain and my assumption is nullified.  There is actually hidden nutrient reserve inside the trees as the momentum for the leafing and blooming in Spring, which is not at all revealing before or after blooming.

*translated by Mary Chung

作者: Leon Lau, 譯者: Mary Chung

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