Halifax Harbour, NS - Gretchen Fitzgerald
I fell in love with Halifax Harbour after Hurricane Juan. I remember sleeping through the hurricane (yes I am a sound sleeper) and then wandering downtown to work . Realizing "work" was canceled due to a natural disaster (downed powerlines were my first clue) and then walking along the waterfront, seeing bits of the sea washed up on the boardwalk and the wharfs. People were in shock but also strangely jubilant. I guess getting through a night like Juan does that to people. But also, I think, seeing how close we are to the ocean, the forces that govern her, was liberating, if scary. Ever since, I've felt closer to the ocean on the Harbourfront, and I look for bits of life on the pilings, on the water (things like mussels, seaweeds, seabirds, etc.). With climate change, that closeness needs to be felt and prepared for.