This post written by Neva Knott at the Ecotone Exchange: Positive Stories of the Environment discusses the author’s connectedness to the Pacific Ocean and relates it to photographer Brian Skerry. Skerry has used his inspirational images to capture the hearts of many and recently spoke at the National Geographic Live series in Olympia. A video is Skerry’s TED talk is embedded in the post as well.
By Neva Knott
I’ve always lived near water. The home I was born into sat on the shore of a lake in a town surrounded by the Puget Sound. As my world expanded, I learned rivers and the ocean’s shore. When I was six, my father moved my family to Saipan, a small island in the South Pacific. Small, as in 14 miles long and five miles wide. It was there I fell in love with the ocean. I learned to swim and snorkel there, was stung by many man-o-war jelly fish. My father was an ecologist, so it wasn’t enough to witness the fish in the coral habitat; I learned their ways.
The ever-morphing boundary of earth and sea, that line that changes each day, minutely, as the water crashes on the sand and ebbs outward is fascinating. Power and grace. As an adult, I lived on Maui for…
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