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Life Goes On. September 1, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Love and Death.
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Life does indeed go on (for those who lived through Irene, including me) and there’s still a lot to be grateful for.  Like this field of goldenrod in Williamstown:

Looking at this, it’s hard to believe the valleys to the east and north are so devastated.  Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that sometimes one needs to focus where the emotional sustenance is.

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1. Laurie B - September 1, 2011

Dear CR, you are the best post in my part of the world. Thanks for your photos of flood damage. It’s too late to ask but I put your site out on Fb. Nobody says it better or shows it better than you do. Thanks for that. Ok, you carry a safety vest and can get to more places. I hope you can create a ton of contracts for services and get rich and retire and also grab more photos. You love your earthly space, thanks for sharing your joy and your pain in the loss of our beautiful places.

2. Julia - September 2, 2011

One thing to remember is that hurricanes and devastation to human constructs are just nature doing what she does. If we weren’t here building roads and bridges and lining the rivers with trees to limit the banks, hurricanes would just be the annual sweeping done by Mother Nature to get her house in order!

3. littlebangtheory - September 2, 2011

Laurie, there’ll be no windfall for me here, just an increased chance I’ll work through the winter rather than being seasonally laid off. As for our communities, we’re going to be struggling financially for quite a while. I sure hope the fall foliage season generates some traffic and business!

Julia, I know, in the grander scheme of things it’s supposed to be that way. But on a personal scale, there’s a lot gone that won’t be back for decades, and I’m not talking about roads and bridges. It’s the settled scenes typical of the Appalachians, smoothed by a thousand seasons and comfortably overgrown, that I’m feeling the loss of.

4. kkryno - September 3, 2011

It’ll never be the same, but it will be lovely again.

5. susan - September 3, 2011

When Irene was heading north I googled ‘hurricane Halifax’ and found articles and pictures of Juan, a hurricane that made a direct hit in 03. I hadn’t known that before then Pt. Pleasant Park had been an old growth forest. 90% of the mature trees were lost to that storm and now that we know we see the place differently – it’s still beautiful but not what it was.

I like you field of goldenrod.

6. TheCunningRunt - September 4, 2011

Vikki, you’re right. Change is the only constant in this world, eh?

Susan, future generations will have only pictures of what was, and will love their world as we love ours. That’s interesting about Pt. Pleasant Park!


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