Saturday, March 8, 2014
It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since my first blog post for the Press Herald. It’s been a joy & an honor to write, and I look forward to the future here!
I wanted to pause and look back on the year. The ups & downs. The beauty of our coast & our ocean. The threats it faces. The way it connects us and weaves through our lives -- even sometimes without our knowing it.
We also live in a stunningly beautiful world. As Mainers we’re blessed with more than 3,000 miles of coastline. There’s something for everyone, that special place you can find & make your own. Coast and sea have inspired authors and poets for centuries. They’re places where we seek adventure, and solace, and reflection. They’re part of our story, whether we live near or far from the roaring surf and glistening sand.
And enjoy another year on Planet Ocean.
Visiting a Maine beach in March 2010, Harold Johnson was shocked by the ocean-borne debris left by recent storms. He grabbed a garbage bag and a camera, and hasn’t looked back.
Since then he has spent most of his free time studying marine pollution, coastal ecosystems, and the mysteries and science of ocean and shore.
Copyeditor and writer by trade, historian and archaeologist at heart, Johnson’s philosophy is simple: Dig below the surface, travel the currents, make the connections, learn. Then share what you learn. He lives in Saco with his wife and young daughter. Follow on Twitter @FlotsamDiaries.