All About Irma
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
My sincere thanks to those of you who expressed concern in light of the forecast arrival of Hurricane Irma. Fortunately for the our little island, Irma struck only a glancing blow, resulting in flooding and down trees, but no serious damage. Our layers of emotion went from anxiety, to fear, to hope and finally to relief as she veered further and further west and away from the South Carolina coast.
“Not all the storms of life can be predicted.”
Beyond our emotional layers, Irma had some interesting impact on the layers of our local nature. One of my favorite pre-storm affects was the clustering of wood storks around a nearby lagoon. The lagoon waters had been drained in preparation for the oncoming rains, leaving a veritable feast of fallen fish on which the birds were happy to indulge. Wood storks are an endangered species so I was happy to see so many of them looking so healthy.
“Joy weathers any storm: Happiness rides the waves.”
What was good for the birds was obviously not so good for the fish. They were everywhere, as were the insects and birds feasting on them. As they say, one man’s pleasure is another man’s pain.
“The greatest storms on our earth break not in nature but in our minds.”
Mehmet Murat Ildan
In addition to the wood storks, herons soared overhead, perhaps looking for a safe place to avoid the 50 mph winds that were to come. I was in photographer heaven following the birds as they passed me by from every direction.
“In the midst of the storm, our anchor is hope.”
Lailah Gifty Akita
I’ve chosen to close with a capture that made me smile as I went through my results for the day. A wood stork seems almost to be playing like a child, spitting water like a feathered fountain. Perhaps he, like the rest of us, is simply celebrating the fact that the storm, at least this time, has passed us by. May you too find joy in the calm that follows the storm.