Thursday, September 9, 2010

Tropical Storm Hermine - Part One

Wow, was she an angry one!
She dumped well over 10 inches in my yard, in the last two days. My rain gauge only goes to 5 inches and by time I remembered to empty it, it was already overflowing, twice! The rain beat the land, the thunder shook the house and lightning was way too close. The dogs panted and coward and I was jumping out of my skin at every boom. Hubby slept through the whole thing Tuesday night. How? I don't know!!

Yesterday morning hubby said the whole yard was under at least 3 inches of water when he got up. By time I got up the standing water was only in one corner. I decided to take a walk around the neighborhood with my camera while the weather was still good. I was hoping to find the area that the lightning hit the previous night, the one that had me going through the house and shutting everything off. I didn't find it but I did find some other interesting things.

Never seen this flower before. It grows on a bush and is very delicate and at closer inspection it has a feathery quality to it.

Haven't seen this flower since early summer.

Found this fungus in my tree, never seen that before either but it sure is pretty.

Found these mushrooms in my mums!

I was walking along the road and in the distance I saw something in the road. As I got closer I realised it was a turtle. There was a truck coming and he wasn't moving fast enough. I put up my hands for them to stop or slow down as I ran out in the street and scooped it up. The older couple just smiled and waved. I stood there looking down at it in the grass, trying to figure out if it was lost or where it might be going. I surmised that it must have been swept away from the canal during the storm. So I walked him back to the canal and put him on the edge. I debated whether or not to leave him in the center of two canals and just when I made up my mind to do so, I reached down to pick it back up and in a flash he was down the embankment and gone in the water.

As I was heading back home, I spotted this unusual pile of twigs that was formed by the run-off on the road.

The water puddles were large and in charge of putting off some spectacular reflections.

Shortly after getting back home the storm raged again!
Part Two..tomorrow.



rockygrace said... [Reply to comment]

Those are some great photos! I'm glad you're safe - From what I've heard, that was one nasty storm.

kendrasue said... [Reply to comment]

Again your pictures are amazing and it looks like you are in the perfect spot to get your nature pictures. You should try to sell some of them!

SuziCate said... [Reply to comment]

You took some lovely photographs!

Lucy said... [Reply to comment]

Really good photos. Plus you did your good deed for the day.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@rockygrace Thanks! Yeah, it was a rough one for sure!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@kendrasue I actually am beginning to love where we live, nature has soo much activity going on all the time. Although I do miss checking out some architecture at times.

I wouldn't even know where to begin to try to sell them.

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@SuziCate Thanks, that means alot!

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

@Lucy Thanks! Saving that turtle was the highlight of my day!

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

A red-eared slider! That's the only turtle I can identify. Glad you got to him in time. I'm hoping we don't hear tomorrow that Hermine flooded your home.

Jimmy said... [Reply to comment]

Glad you are safe my Friend, excellent pictures and I am proud you got the turtle headed in the right direction.

Caroline said... [Reply to comment]

What smashing photos! I'm sooo jealous that you can walk down the road and find a turtle! I get pretty excited if I'm lucky enough to spy a ladybird *sigh* The flowers are gorgeous and remind me of that tale of when it rained in the desert and all these rare (in some cases, thought extinct) flowers over night bloomed from seeds hundreds of years old. xx