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. They 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.We 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 Kluger, The Bitter Waters of Medicine Creek: A Tragic Clash Between White and Native America