Thursday, August 25, 2011

Waiting for Irene

I had planned to post a Skywatch Friday post this week, using some of the photos I shot at the beach over the weekend - the glorious morning sky over the water.  But I'll hold on to those because a hurricane is bearing down on us here.
That's us there near 2 p.m. on Saturday, on the western edge of the circle.  The governor has declared that we're in a state of emergency.
We've been through two devastating hurricanes - Fran and Floyd - and we know what hurricanes can do - but no one really knows what to expect, just what to prepare for.
Realizing that the heavy rain and wind would beat down any blooms in my garden, I went out this afternoon and cut some to bring inside - zinnias and roses, some salvia, a few marigold blooms.
And this morning I took a few random photos.

Morning Light in the front of the house
Luna Blush Hibiscus
Luna Blush Hibiscus 
I'll take more photos after the storm and hope that the only difference will be debris on the ground. If we're lucky we'll be counting our blessings that all of the tall pines around our house stood strong.  When the previous two hurricanes came through, we lived in another neighborhood - one in which the streets were lined with tall massive willow oaks.  Many of those oaks fell on houses and across streets.  In our current neighborhood there are tall pines - trees that can snap and slice right through a house if the wind is strong enough.  We pray that won't happen with this storm.  We expect power outages - we were without power for a week to 10 days before, and we're prepared for that to happen again.
We're going to "batten down the hatches" - bring in the bird feeders, take down the hanging baskets, store the deck furniture - and pray.


Kyna said...

Waiting for Irene out here in Swansboro!

You stay safe, Ginny!

Casa Mariposa said...

We're doing the same thing here in northern VA, right outside DC. On Tuesday we had an earthquake and will be finishing the week with a hurricane. At least our gardens will be well watered!

Toni said...

Y'all take care! Watching the weather with you.

FlowerLady said...

Dear Ginny ~ Hugs and prayers for you and your family as you await Irene. The waiting is awful, but going through hurricanes is horrible. We went through Frances, Jeanne and Wilma.

May you lose no trees, may the clean up be minimal. May you and your home be safe.

Hope to hear from you soon after she passes so that we will know how you are.


Antique ART Garden said...

Take care, I'm right down here in SC,and Hugo was our worst hurricane back in the 80's. be safe !!

Southern Lady said...

Please stay safe in the storm! Carla

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I've been watching the coverage and praying this evening. My heart goes out to you. I would have gone out to take photos of my garden, too.

Donna said...

Ginny stay safe...sending good thoughts for you and yours and your wonderful garden.

Mac_fromAustralia said...

Thinking of you. Stay safe.

Karen said...

Ginny, hoping and praying all are safe and sound.

Stacy said...

Hope you're all riding out the storm well, Ginny. Best wishes for safety.