“Water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it.”
To be perfectly honest, it seems a bit cruel for this week’s guest host to suggest we post about water as a frighteningly ominous hurricane creeps its way up the southeastern coast of the US. Understandable, of course, since he is on the other side of the world in Australia. That said, most of those who follow me know I make my home on a barrier island off of South Carolina’s coast – smack dab in the middle of the hurricane’s path. All of my friends, along with my husband and I, have scattered to various safe locations after being evacuated from our homes this past week.
“Water belongs to us all. Nature did not make the sun one person’s property, nor air, nor water, cool and clear.”
My husband and I were fortunate to find an available room in a nice hotel in Greenville, SC, about 200 miles from Charleston and the center of the storm. Everything here is sold out and every time we turn around we’re chatting with someone who’s come from some place close to our home. We are among the fortunate. We are both healthy, have no pets and no kids, and are comfortable as we await word of our fate. We’ve landed in a beautiful town that has much to offer, and we are taking advantage of all of it. Others are not so lucky.
“No water, No life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita
For the past 16 years we have enjoyed the many gifts nature has provided on our little island. The sights and sounds of the ocean and marsh as the tides rise and fall, the beautiful live oak trees – magnificent with their gnarled branches and lacy spanish moss, the gentle ocean breezes and the leafy palm fronds that sway in their path. Is it really possible that all of these elements can turn against us with as much vehemence as is predicted? Can water, which sustains us throughout our lives, really become our enemy? We will have to wait and see, but our neighbors in Florida and those in Haiti and the Bahamas would respond, I fear, with a resounding yes.
“Wherever water flows, life flourishes.”
And so we wait – for word on how hard the hurricane has hit our area, for word on how soon we can return to our home, for word on the extent of the damage resulting from the storm and finally, for word on when we can climb out of the storm’s aftermath and get back to normal life. In the meanwhile we will continue to enjoy surprisingly beautiful Greenville, SC. All of this week’s images are from their downtown Falls Park on the Reedy. The park is a massive beautification project which spans 32 acres of verdant foliage, man-made water elements and natural beauty. It was founded in 1967 as a Garden Club project that has made a remarkable impact on the city. We’ve been amazed by this lovely, welcoming place, its shops and restaurants, and its warm, friendly people.
So stay tuned, with any luck I’ll be checking in from home by the time our next photo challenge comes along!