The Siren’s Song

The Siren’s Song

Down at the opening of Jeddore Harbour in Nova Scotia, on the western shore are three points, called by local surfers Ones, Twos & Threes. On a drive down the other side of the harbour, past East Jeddore I could see them in the distance and like the sailors tempted by the sirens’ song in Homer’s Odyssey, I was drawn to come closer . On foot and with my companion George, we found our way along a path along the shore out to the end of a cobblestone berm on the point and along the way were enchanted to come ever closer as every turn presented new visual delights and the Sirens continually beckoned their silent song in the distance.

“Sweet coupled airs we sing.
No lonely seafarer
Holds clear of entering
Our green mirror”
—the Siren’s Song from The Odyssey

For reasons not quite clear to me, except that they are a different type of siren, luring strangers toward a different kind of potentially dangerous destination, I thought of Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side as the perfect song to fill your ears as you watch these images of the visions that drew us ever further out toward the sea. It was in so many respects A Perfect Day all in all…

 

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