The Great Egret of Delacroix – After the Hurricane
I spent my career responding to environmental emergencies and natural disasters. From this I have memories, both good and bad. One of the bad is New Orleans and Southern Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. Nothing prepares you for an abandoned city with 1,800 dead, no electricity and the smells of all things bad. And the bayou takes yet another blow, with Katrina reducing the already damaged and fragile wetlands by 10%. And yet you see signs of hope, or maybe just a damaged new normal. The Great Egret of Delacroix stares at me from a post along the bayou. Resting on one leg, he looked tired. That made two of us.