I live on an island in the Salish Sea, off the western coast of North America, on one of many small islands between the big island and the mainland. This is what the part of Earth where I live looks like from space, our ecoregion is Marine West Coast Forest, part of the broader Cascadian bioregion.

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Our island is covered in unique forest ecosystems and is very windy. This is Tsawout, Tsawwassen, Stz’uminus, and Penelakut land and the SENĆOŦEN name for our island is S,DÁYES, which means “wind drying.”

Today clouds are covering the south island across the bay, leaving just the outline of forests in the mist. It's raining, and a bit windy, but the birds are still singing and the hummingbirds are perched in the rain and buzzing around. The sky is bright white with cloud, and everything is so alive and enjoying the refreshing water.

The power often goes out here, and our community expects it, sometimes even with just a slight wind. It could last minutes, or days. Because the outages are not a threat here I take them as beautiful opportunities for silence, even if just a moment.

When the power stops, the machines stop, and the stillness speaks. The frogs and birds and trees and rain and wind all rise up out of the absence of other noise to remind me that this is what the world really sounds like.

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@continuation That's a beautiful name! 😍

Here in New Zealand the North Island was originally referred to as Aotearoa

ao ('cloud', 'dawn', 'daytime' or 'world'), tea ('white', 'clear' or 'bright') and roa ('long')... which people usually shorten to "Land of the long white cloud" 💝

It was such a beautiful name that now people use it for the whole of New Zealand! Plus... it is pretty long, latitudinally, & yes often cloudy!

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