Gerald Durrell（英国自然学家、作家）于1978年写给未婚妻Lee McGeorge的情书，情真意切，字句优美，犹如一首诗。引用一部分（ 在最后）：
“Now let me tell you something.
I have seen a thousand sunsets and sunrises,on land it floods forestand mountains with honey coloured light,at sea where it rises and sets like ablood orange in a multicoloured nest of cloud,slipping in and out of the vastocean.
I have seen a thousand moons:harvest moons like gold coins,winter moonsas white as ice chips,new moons like baby swans’feathers.
I have seen seas as smooth as if painted,coloured like shot silk or blue as akingfisher or transparent as glass or black and crumpled with foam,movingponderously and murderously.
I have felt winds straight from the South Pole,bleak and wailing like a lostchild;winds as tender and warm as a lover’s breath;winds that carried theastringent smell of salt and the death of seaweeds;winds that carried themoist rich smell of a forest floor,the smell of a million flowers.
Fierce winds that churned and moved the sea like yeast,or winds that madethe waters lap at the shore like a kitten.
I have known silence:the cold,earthy silence at the bottom of a newly dugwell;the implacable stony silence of a deep cave;the hot,drugged middaysilence when everything is hypnotised and stilled into silence by the eye ofthe sun;the silence when great music ends.
I have heard summer cicadas cry so that the sound seems stitched into yourbones.
I have heard tree frogs in an orchestration as complicated as Bach singing in aforest lit by a million emerald fireflies.
I have heard the Keas calling over grey glaciers that groaned to themselveslike old people as they inched their way to the sea.
I have heard the hoarse street vendor cries of the mating Fur seals as theysang to their sleek golden wives,the crisp staccato admonishment of theRattlesnake,the cobweb squeak of the Bat and the belling roar of the Reddeer knee-deep in purple heather.
I have heard Wolves baying at a winter’s moon,Red howlers making theforest vibrate with their roaring cries.
I have heard the squeak,purr and grunt of a hundred multi-coloured reeffishes.
I have seen hummingbirds flashing like opals round a tree of scarlet blooms,humming like a top.
I have seen flying fish,skittering like quicksilver across the blue waves,drawing silver lines on the surface with their tails.
I have seen Spoonbills flying home to roost like a scarlet banner across thesky.
I have seen Whales,black as tar,cushioned on a cornflower blue sea,creating a Versailles of fountain with their breath.
I have watched butterflies emerge and sit,trembling,while the sun irons theirwings smooth.
I have watched Tigers,like flames,mating in the long grass.
I have been dive-bombed by an angry Raven,black and glossy as the Devil’shoof.
I have lain in water warm as milk,soft as silk,while around me played a hostof Dolphins.
I have met a thousand animals and seen a thousand wonderful things…
All this I did without you.
This was my loss.
All this I want to do with you.
This will be my gain.”