A Lark Rising - Reimagining Richard Jefferies #6
One of Jefferies’ favourite birds, the lark, was for him associated not only with summer days, but with the promise of summer that is felt towards the end of winter. This small bird of the light and endless blue sky, that seemed to bring a message of hope, of love even, was one he could never tire of seeing and hearing.
across the vale
He would have concurred with W.H. Hudson who wrote that the lark’s song is “sunshine translated into sound”.
[...] “Stepping up the hill laboriously, suddenly a lark starts into the light and pousrs forth a rain of unwearied notes overhead. With bright light, and sunshine, and sunrise, and blue skies the bird is so associated in the mind, that even to see him in the frosty days of winter, at least assures us that summer will certainly return.”[...]
(Out of Doors in February)
up on the downs a skylark’s song takes me higher
The header image is from a watercolour (Chalk Paths) of the South Downs, Sussex, England (1935) by Eric Ravilious.
Eric William Ravilious (22 July 1903 – 2 September 1942) was a British painter, designer, book illustrator and wood-engraver. He grew up in East Sussex, and is particularly known for his watercolours of the South Downs and other English landscapes, which examine English landscape and vernacular art with an off-kilter, modernist sensibility and clarity. He served as a war artist, and died when the aircraft he was in was lost off Iceland.
The recording by Beatrix Saadi-Varchmin is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto
An abridged version of a post by Simon Coleman, first published (March 2015) on the blog of the Richard Jefferies Society managed by Dr Rebecca Welshman.