I was tempted to leave this as a “wordless” post for Wednesday, but upon reflection I thought this little expose deserved a few words to provide context. The signs below make clear the danger … but it is another danger that I find more poignant and feel compelled to write about: that is the fact that the Magdalen Island are, and will, eventually disappear … that is the real sign here. For eons, this little archipelago has been itself a boundary against the sea, providing shelter and habitat to plant, animal, and most recently man. But nature never pauses in her change and the island by degrees is disappearing. In some places a few inches each year … in other places a few metres each year. In the end, these signs are not so much a boundary that protects (a life preserver 5 metres from a cliff high above that serves to do just that) but these signs are rather a newcast that reminds us that nothing on this earth, even the land itself upon which we stand, is permanent. And one day, even the boundaries of today will be gone from tomorrow.
All text and images © Dale Schierbeck
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