after the storm

Huge piles of kelp were washed ashore during the last weekend in September from the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk from the western Pacific Ocean. Bandon-9605They were a bit smelly when they first landed, but now that they’ve dried, the odor is gone. Still, they’re rather bizarre looking. Kids seem to enjoy using them for whips.Bandon-9691We celebrated Columbus Day yesterday, so this seemed entirely appropriate (though Columbus never set foot on US soil):

Scholars have estimated that by 1850, the aboriginal population in North America—besieged by the invaders’ explosive weaponry, wondrous technology, contemptuous cruelty, and irresistible pathogens, as well as the Indians’ own ever-deepening despair—was just one-tenth of what it had been when Columbus first ventured ashore. 
― Richard KlugerThe Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America


28 thoughts on “after the storm

  1. Fascinating! You do such a wonderful job with your coast in all its moods. I’m sorry I was away from your blog (and most others!) for weeks, but not to worry, it’s still here and I’m enjoying looking.


  2. What a lot of kelp, Gunta. Couldn’t you market it to the ‘health’ industry? 😕 I can just imagine the smell before it dried out. Fabulous photos again, and I also think, that all things considered, Columbus Day celebrations are rather bizarre.


    • That storm sure dumped a lot of it along the coast. As for marketing, this particular seaweed doesn’t have much use as it consists of carbohydrates that can’t be digested. We may come to a day when we’re desperate enough to use what we can, but for now it doesn’t seem to be worth the bother. As for Columbus Day…. it strikes me as celebrating a guy who committed or launched what amounts to genocide. It’s beyond bizarre. Most folks ignore it, unless they work for a bank or the government, and for those folks it’s just a day off.


    • Thanks, Rachael. I listened to someone not long ago telling the true story of Columbus. It was pretty horrific. I find that particular holiday here pretty ironic. But then much, if not all, of history is distorted by the winners.


  3. Well, I’ve learned something new. I’d always thought or assumed that kelp was very long, skinny, flat leaves. This stuff looks like rope or spaghetti. Definite yuck factor.


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