April 20, 2011

Mother Nature

This past weekend a "family" of tornadoes came through central and eastern North Carolina. One tracked 200 yards away from the greenhouse where Brian works, and headed in a path that took it only 1/4 mile away from our house. We were lucky, no damage... but others were not so lucky.

Damage in Raleigh was bad, and its amazing how people bond together after tragedies. Damage was worse in Jacksonville, NC about 2 blocks from where my sister-in-law lives. My mother in law took the picture below. Luckily they were okay as well.

24 People lost their lives in the tornadoes, 3 in our county, but luckily no one we know was severely affected. One of our good friends and coworkers at the greenhouse lost all the trees in her backyard. Buried deep under the pile is her squashed perennial border. The loss of a garden makes me appreciate the beauty of mine even more. Perhaps I should give her some plants.

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ~ Frank Loyd Wright


  1. I'm glad you are ok. I'm sorry your community was hit. We are used to tornados here in South Dakota, but not so many. Do you get many there? I love your perennial border.

  2. Tornadoes can so quickly change *everything* in a community.

    I was going to write something about the effects of these storms on trees and gardens, but that seems pointless when talking about a storm that has left people homeless and taken lives. :-(

  3. I grew up in N Indiana with tornadoes and still have a morbid fear of them...my heart went out to all those affected by these...such a quick storm that you can do nothing to get away from once it is upon you...

  4. Really shocking photos of the damage, and even more shocking loss of life! We had tornadoes in our area too as part of the same storm system, but we escaped such severe damage.
    On a lighter note, thanks for inviting me to write about the Earth Day reading project. I've put up my post!

  5. This is so terrible! i hope you and nature in the area can recover soon.


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