Perhaps it’s that my mum took a nasty spill a couple weeks ago and smashed a few bones or maybe it’s the pictures my dad sent of the 2 meters of snow surrounding my childhood home but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about New Brunswick, the place of my birth. This past weekend I watched this beauty sail by our Southern California campground and for a while I was transported. New Brunswick is a rugged place and not for the faint of heart. Her history is filled with brave, proud people who looked upon her and saw beyond the frigid cold and and impassably dense forests; they saw breathtaking beauty, unthinkably fertile seas and rich healthy soil to make a home about.
From the fearless First Nations Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Maliseet people now called Inu (Human Being) that first settled this land to the Europeans that arrived by ship years later, it took a special soul call this place home. As I watched this tall ship sail by I thought of my ancestors fleeing the famine and arriving from Ireland in the mid 19th century. I wonder what they must have thought as New Brunswick came into view for the first time. Did they stand on deck and smell the crisp ocean air mixed with the sweet bouquet of a Maritime spring? Did they feel excitement as they neared the harbor and realized an entirely new life was upon them? What did they do, where did they go when first setting foot in the New World? Did they dance on the new land to the sweet sound of an Irish fiddler? The answers to these and a thousand other questions are lost in the salty, Maritime wind.
Years go by and the land and sea change; so do the people I guess. Life is a good deal easier in New Brunswick these days but if you listen carefully you can still hear the echoes of the intrepid souls who first dared to tame her. What a sound it is; I miss it dearly.
I added a new feature on my last post; clicking on the image will now reveal the original unedited RAW. I’d appreciate your thoughts on this–do you think this feature adds to Being In Focus or is it unnecessary/bothersome? Thanks!