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Saturday, November 23, 2013

High Winds


We've had high winds all day Thursday and on through the night gusting up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph) at times.  There are many trees down and several power outages in the area.  Years ago we had a large elm tree come down on our house.  Something like that changes you forever.  Ever since then the winds scare us.  My wife didn't sleep well last night.  Today the winds continued with less force and frequency.  I went for a run in my Annadel Park just to see if there were any trees down.  There were.  Some areas of the fire road were so covered with small branches from the fir trees that the dirt and rock of the road could not be seen.  I had just climbed over one large broken limb blocking the road when another wind gust whipped through the canopy.  I stopped and looked up watching the tall slender Douglas Firs sway back and forth.  It was thrilling to see.  While standing there wondering if something may come crashing down upon me I recalled reading John Muir's account of his time in the High Sierra where he climbed to the top of one such tree during a storm and remained there throughout the night as the tree rocked back and forth.  It was a wild ride he wrote.  He was one crazy dude and we were lucky to have him. 




11 comments:

  1. Great colorful kind of macro's . Pity that you had a storm around. Yes the climate is definitely changing.

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  2. That sounds familiar to me. I always liked winds and storm but after our latest I am not so fond anymore. The winds become heavier nowadays and so many trees have come down here, it is incredible and scary. I will stay in in the future, don't want to end my life under a tree...

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  3. glad it is calming down a bit, now. heard the storm system is heading thru the west and sweeping inland.

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  4. We had a bad leak spring up in our roof years ago and since then I can't relax when heavy rain comes so I totally understand your dislike of big wind!

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  5. I remember reading that about John Muir - I'm certain he wouldn't have done it if he'd had a tree come down on his roof. Funny thing but you were exactly who I was thinking about when I snapped the little pink mushroom.

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  6. pretty pictures John. Just watched the DVD by Ken Burns on the Yosemite and Yellowstone. They told the story of John Muir in that and it was very interesting.

    Glad no trees fell on you.

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  7. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. Great shots.

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  8. Being out rambling through a forest in high winds is not something I would care to do at all.

    Even Stella doesn't like high winds although I think it is more too many scents and it puzzles her.

    Cheers,
    Jo and Stella

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  9. Yep, trees down here, electricity out, weird things rolling down the street. Found our neighbor's chimney cap in our yard. High winds do feel other worldly.

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  10. Nice images. I like them both.

    Greetings from Stavanger.

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  11. Have you read "The Wild Muir"? I enjoyed it a lot. I have a copy I picked up used online and would happily send it to you if you haven't! Drop me an email if you want it.

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