Monday, June 08, 2015
The Oceans of the World
Four weeks from today I will be in outport Newfoundland and as quickly as possible I will find salt water. It won't be difficult because the friends I'm visiting live on Notre Dame Bay, next stop Ireland, and their view to the ocean is spectacular. After time with them I will head out to Change Islands where they have the saltbox house at the top of this photo. We have stayed there several times and it is always wonderful. I will drink in the quiet and the solitude and the sounds of the sea. The inhalation and exhalation of the tides is the breath of the planet and it is as though my own rhythms alter to this deeper, truer reality. On one occasion an iceberg sat out from shore and we have seen humpback whales from the hilltop.
Today is World Oceans Day and the statistics abound as to how seven billion humans are emptying the seas of living things and replacing them with masses of plastic and sewage and errant oil. I think I saw that a large cruise ship produces 200,000 gallons of sewage a week.
And yet the oceans are still home to extraordinary diversity and raw, unpredictable beauty. No matter what the weather, I will be rambling about by the water,peering into intertidal pools and scanning the horizon for creatures great and small. The thought of it excites me and I can already smell the unique tang of this part of the ocean, distinct from the Pacific and the Caribbean.
For me the ocean waters are a gift from God, one I receive with tremendous graititude. I know that I can be part of change for the better. Even though I wrestled with how responsible it is to hop a plane to that part of the world I always return inspired and with greater determination to make a difference.
Any thoughts about oceans today? Have any of you lived near salt water, as we have twice? Did it change you?