Thursday, October 29, 2009

SkyWatch Friday: A Rare Day With Sunshine




It's been a very wet October here in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Heavy rain is falling as I write. Today's rainfall will bring our monthly total to well over ten inches. Many days filled with mist, fog and/or overcast also occurred. The photo above was taken on one of the recent, rare sunny days. This is the view from our road out -- up to the main county rain and "civilization".

Last January a severe ice storm caused considerable damage to the trees in our area. It was supposedly one of those once-in-a-hundred-years events. It's no exaggeration to say the woods around our place will never look the same within our lifetime. When the trees leafed out in spring, those leaves helped hide some of the damage. Now that the leaves are falling, the full extent of the damage is becoming visible again. At least these trees survived. Many others either snapped or fell over.







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17 comments:

J Bar said...

The sky looks painted.
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Guy D said...

That sky looks like a painting, beautiful photo.

All the best
Guy
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Tabib said...

Yes, I can see that devastating nature effect.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hasn't this been a weird YEAR of weather ?? The sky is beautiful in this photo Marvin. It is raining here again today. Sigh~~

Rob Inukshuk said...

What a glorious sky, perfectly captured. Too sad about the trees, but in time they will recover.

Carol said...

Nature has a way of taking care of itself. Room for the new to grow. Oddly enough..it still makes a beautiful picture.

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This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Marvin: Very nice skies, our Fall has also started out very cloudy.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful sky!

Have a glimpse of a Korean Sunset.

moe lauher said...

Great photo, the land survives natural acts - it's what man does that hurts

Deb said...

Love this landscape. The damage provides marvelous texture, especially with that particular painterly sky.

MObugs said...

Lovely photo Marvin. We are in the same boat in NWMO. We've had lots of rain, and misty days,very little sunshine. We have 600 acres of crops to get out and can't find a day dry enough to do so. Our trees sustained terrible damage in that same storm. It is so sad to lose trees, many of them a century old. I feel grateful as well that a few hardier ones held their ground and survived. Lets pray this winter is not so vicious.

Tara R. said...

Lovely mix of clouds white, and grey. Devastating landscape and beautiful still in it's own way.

Gretchen said...

Beautiful!

Happy SWF!!

Lana Gramlich said...

It always "hurts," somehow, to see nature radically damaged--even when the cause is natural. We lucked out (in a sense,) by moving where we did AFTER Hurricane Katrina. The natives bemoan the loss of so much woodland we've never known. It leaves us free to just marvel at the beauty that remains.

Laurie Brandriet Keller said...

That's beautiful. I love the purple!

Zhakee said...

What a beautiful scene. The sky is perfect, the woods look enticing. Enjoy the sunshine while you can. Happy fall! (from sunny California)

Wren said...

I remember that ice storm - you were offline so long we were starting to get worried about you!

It's a sobering thought that healing from even a natural event can take longer than we can wait to see it.