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Digging Out From Irene. September 14, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature, Love and Death.
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We’re recovering here from the floods, hitting it hard in order to get cleaned up before winter.

A commercial flower grower in the town of Deerfield took it hard, lost many acres of effort, and the top-soil as well:

The Deerfield river has retreated into its channel behind me, while a four foot deep gash separates these remnants from the rest of the field.

Major earth-moving equipment collects acres and acres of river sand from the fields where fertile topsoil used to be:

It’ll be years before this mess gets back to normal.  And that’s assuming another such flood doesn’t happen again in the meantime.

I’m not putting a lot of cash down on that bet.


1. clairz - September 15, 2011

We got just a small glimpse of the incredible damage on our recent train trip east. Before nightfall, we passed a bridge that was either on or near the Erie Canal and the trees and branches swept into it by the flooding had turned it into a dam. I can’t imagine what the rest of the countryside looked like. The damage is almost beyond belief and, as you say, will take years to mend. Thank you for the photo documentation you have been doing of this terrible disaster.

2. Randal Graves - September 15, 2011

The second shot: as if an alien landscape is overwhelming the terrestrial, the flowers in retreat.

3. littlebangtheory - September 15, 2011

clairz, you’re welcome. It’s kind of something which just needs doing, and here I am.

Randal, it’s exactly like that. Some parts of our world just look… different.

4. jomegat - September 15, 2011

I am on the cusp of getting our conference Pathfinders assigned a cleanup task at Molly Stark. The park will be open, and we are indeed going there to camp next week. In the morning I should find out what our volunteer assignment will be. Then the word goes out to our organization and we can being to make plans. The process has been frustratingly slow, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

5. littlebangtheory - September 15, 2011

jomegat, it’s so good of you to pitch in like this. There’s a LOT of that going on in VT and NY, but so much more needs to be done.

Enjoy your visit, and relax a bit while you’re there. We might be getting a frost or two this weekend, so the colors should be getting good for you!

6. julianhoffman - October 9, 2011

I’ve been following along from time and time and kept meaning to drop you a line to say how your posts have moved me in many ways; from how you’ve documented the heartbreaking loss after the storm to the possible shoots of renewal. Life will go on, I hear you say in these continually fine photos, not in the same way as before, but in ways that might be equally enriching if we open ourselves to it. Thanks for these poignant explorations around your corner of the world, to the possibilities that exist.

7. littlebangtheory - October 9, 2011

jhoff, thanks for commenting – it’s always gratifying to hear that I’m read by and reaching folks beyond my half-dozen regular commenters. And yes, a slightly altered version of Then will become the new Now, and life will go on.

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