Saturday, June 18, 2011
Hours of survival.
This is a beautiful photograph of Natalie, mysterious and poignant, but eerily reminding me of how Coast Guard Captain Roger Smith described her appearance when he took her body ashore. She had remained alive in the ocean for hours upon hours, struggling for life while her husband drank scotch with his skipper, postponing the vital call that had to be made in order for Natalie to be rescued alive. She appeared as beautiful as she is in this photograph when she was found--because she HAD survived throughout the night.