ANCIENT SWIMMERS

New Zealand’s longfin eels (Anguilla dieffenbachia)

The longfin eels of New Zealand are a unique and threatened species with a precarious future.  They can take 20 or more years to reach maturity, and reproduce only once In their lives.  Once they are mature they leave their freshwater homes and swim many miles out to sea where the eggs are laid and fertilized.  They then drift back to New Zealand on the ocean currents, eventually swimming upstream to restart the life cycle.

interplay
sunlight on water
hiding place

ISAIAH

for thus says the Lord

I will extend prosperity to her
like a river
and the wealth of the nations
like an over-flowing stream

as a mother comforts her children
so I will comfort you
and you will see
your bodies will flourish like grass

the earth waits, trembling
for the day of the Lord
for the sound of the trumpet
heralding peace

and in that day
all tears will be dried
see, I make all things new