In La Manzanilla, every year around this time, a trench is dug between the laguna that houses the crocodile and bird sanctuary and the ocean. This allows the somewhat stagnant swamp water to run freely into the ocean, clearing out the still water and freshening the laguna. For those of us on the beach, however, it creates a few days of foul odor and tides we have no desire to swim or fish in. It is a small price to pay for the freshening of the mangrove swamp, but still, a yearly process no one looks forward to. Yesterday was the first day I witnessed the water running free this year. I took a walk down the beach, and this is what I saw:
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but when I neared the lagoon, it was obvious that it was now emptying into the bay.
The water ran swift and free,
but both yellow tape and a rank odor discouraged entry
and encouraged using the footbridge.
People crossed the swinging bridge over la laguna gingerly
and carefully negotiated the somewhat jerryrigged ramp from the bridge to the road.
The grackles watched from above, undisturbed by this merely human setback.
A few fishermen braved the laguna-scummed tide,
and two large logs continued their journey up and down the coastline.
Two beach walkers gave scale to the huge logs
This found and slightly embellished sculpture graced the beach.
A closeup shows the simplicity of the design which was actually large in scale.
And in spite of the yellow scum,
here shown in its own grander scale,
We still love La Manzanilla, don’t we? We know that all will soon be back to normal, the laguna once more sealed off, the crocodiles sealed off from the beaches and coastline, and the beaches and water once more inviting to human habitation.