Life after the storm

A week ago Friday none of us knew exactly what Harvey would do to Texas.

We knew what the news reporters were saying but half the time they are wrong. In your gut, you want to believe what they are saying but the week before we were supposed to get rain and never did.

Harvey left an imprint on Texas that will never be forgotten.
Harvey changed peoples lives forever.

Many lost their lives, their homes, their pets and all their belongings.

Horses and cattle drown as the flood waters rose and they could not be moved out quickly enough.

Peoples whose houses have never flooded were now flooded for the first time.

Driving down Wellborn street in Brookside Village in Texas everyone’s belongings are out on the street. Clear Creek backed up into many homes in this neighborhood. If I was guessing at a number I would say 300 homes are destroyed but it could be more.

Piles of sheetrock cut 4 ft up as per the instructions of insurance. Appliance after appliance sitting on the curb. Cars, trucks, and SUVs with so much moisture on the windows on the inside you know they were under water.

This was only one neighborhood of many but it was my sister & her families neighborhood.
The sheetrock has been torn down to the rafters. This home has very few floors left in it. Half of all their belongings, memories, and keepsakes are sitting on the curb.

These kinds of things take months to repair and get back like it was prior to this flood.

It will never be the same because now you feel vulnerable to mother nature.
Emotionally it takes a toll on you, your life and most of all your spirit.

Long days of working, little sleep and exhaustion start to set in and everyone just can not think anymore.

What room do you start putting back together first?

It is so overwhelming to see and I saw it yesterday with my own eyes for the first time since the storm.

There were so many areas of Texas affected by Harvey, so many neighborhoods destroyed, lives taken and peoples spirit broken.

The road to recovery will be long but in the end, everyone will be stronger.

Everyone will get their spirits back again, be able to take a deep breath and get back to their normal lives it will just take time.

Feathers

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time. You have to wonder is this by chance or was it just meant to be.

What are the chances that a feather would land on a flower and stay there?

The wind was blowing but it never blew it away it stayed on top of the canna lily bloom.

I believe this feather is from the underneath back part of one of the black bellied whistling ducks that have been out at the feeders every day.

I photographed it and then I picked it up and brought it in the house.

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Through the fields

 

In the afternoon the light is more golden than the morning, the pasture of Bahia grass appears to be a bright golden color.

As the wind blows the stalks of grass they seem to move gracefully across the 30 acres.

Everything is quiet and the day is so peaceful as the sun begins to set.

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Liebster Award

I have been nominated for the Liebster award by Roda at Growing Self Blog. Check out her blog she has so much going on with her blog, the farm, gardening, and renovations it will make your head spin.

Since Roda nominated me I chose to answer her questions. I am super busy right now trying to help our daughter and her husband get ready for a move to a new house on 4 acres so I will not be nominating anyone at this time.

I feel like I am sort of cheating because my other blog that is still active had too many followers for this challenge.

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GrowingSelf – Roda’s Questions to nominees:

  1. Why did you start blogging? I started blogging several blogs ago for my photography business then it became more than just a photography blog it became personal.
  2. Who is your role model? My role model would be my dad he saw the good in everyone and never seemed to judge people too much. I really miss him.
  3. Use one word to describe yourself? Compassionate
  4. Do you have a pet?  If so, what is your favorite thing about your special friend? We have many pets but one of my favorite pets would be Daisy our 4-year-old boxer dog. I love her personality, her hyperactivity for life and most of all she just makes me smile. I think she really understands me.
  5. What is your favorite color? Blue has always been my favorite color. It does not matter the shade or the tone if leans towards blue I love it. Right now I am hung up on aqua and gray together.
  6. Where on Earth is your most memorable travel destination? I loved going to Arizona and seeing the Grand Canyon it was breathtaking and I could have stared at it for hours. I bought a 28mm lens just to shoot the Grand Canyon.
  7. What is your favorite book? I really do not have a favorite book. 
  8. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? I am a country mouse I love everything about country living the peace and quiet, wildlife and nature and most of all the cows I truly love cows.
  9. What is your favorite vegetable? My favorite vegetable has changed over the years I guess right now it would be grilled asparagus.
  10. What is your Superpower? This is a  funny question because I have a tee shirt that says “I stop time what is your superpower” so I guess my super power would be photography.
  11. What do you love most about YOU? My determination to succeed at whatever I chose to do.