|Only one of the trees is visible in this photo taken from my 2nd floor balcony.|
|Here you can see both trees across the road.|
There was another large pine down at the other end of the street, and numerous hardwoods and other trees down in my neighborhood and all over town.
For more photos see our local newspaper photo gallery.We are thankful that Irene weakened before she arrived. I can imagine how devastating it would have been had she made landfall as a category 2 or 3 storm as originally predicted. Having been through two major hurricanes before - Fran and Floyd - after which we were without power for 10 days or more, we know that it could have been much, much worse. But for those who have trees on their houses or whose property is flooded, it doesn't matter - this is devastating, and my heart goes out to them.
In my garden there's a lot of cleaning up to do.
|These are dead ivy vines that had continued to cling to the pine.|
|Notice the trellis?|
And I saw three butterflies today - I was only able to capture this with with the camera, but it made me happy.