Here it is - Saturday morning and Hurricane Irene is still lashing at and churning along the North Carolina coast headed for NYC and points north. My thoughts are with everyone on the eastern seaboard. I'm hoping people are safe and damage to property and the delicate coastline is not severe.
These photos were taken on Thursday before the storm, and while it was still a gleam in the media's, always desperate for bad news, eye. In the steamy heat of the afternoon, one of our large family of resident backyard squirrels decided one hickory nut was not enough for a teatime snack, so had lined up two on the deck rail. All that was missing was a teapot!
When he/she saw me snapping from the kitchen window, a few minutes were spent suspended while nibbling....................
..............then back to the rail to enjoy the remainder of the feast.
No squirrels about this morning as the storm passes through, however a fox walked past our branch/twig strewn deck, and a sweet Carolina Wren just sat on the arm of a porch chair and peered in through the dining room window. Don't you wonder where these little creatures go in bad weather? Flimsy squirrel nests, high in the buffeted tree branches, don't seem safe, and birds just seem to completely disappear into the wet and wild greenery until the all clear sounds.
Staying close to home all day while the trees continue to sway and debris falls around us, but have a theatre date this evening - hopefully it won't be canceled due to the weather. Tomorrow back in the steamy nineties and of course a day of garden clean up tops the 'to do' list.
This year in North Carolina we survived a horrendous tornado in April, felt an earthquake (last week), and are now battling a major hurricane.............why do I feel I should be moving? Oh well, that's not going to happen any time soon...........perhaps it's practice for my upcoming ocean adventure where, on the other side of the world, roiling seas and the odd rogue iceberg may be my only concerns!
Stay safe dear friends in the path of Irene.