Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Catching the Fall

Right before Hurricane Sandy I set out to capture as much of fall's beauty as I could before the leaves were all blown away.

Yesterday I ventured further into the hardest hit areas of NJ to check on a friend from the VFW and to see if my car mechanic's shop was still there. They're both bruised but OK.

On the trip down and back I saw so much debris and had to be re-routed several times. It was hard to see and harder to look away.

I found myself so sad and a bit angry with nature.

And so I need to remind myself - and share with you - the beauty of nature.

Apologies if there are too many shots, they all seem to depend on each other.





















How little we have, I thought, between us and the waiting cold, the mystery, death--a strip of beach, a hill, a few walls of wood or stone, a little fire--and tomorrow's sun, rising and warming us, tomorrow's hope of peace and better weather . . .
~ Robert Nathan




34 comments:

Akelamalu said...

Beautiful shots Dianne. Sandy may have devastated a lot but nature will always triumph again. x

Jeni said...

Thank you for reminding us of the beauty that exists -or in so many cases right now "existed" before Sandy came to town. It is just such a relief though to know that you and your family came through all that safely. I was very worried until you finally had an opportunity to post a few words again.

DJan said...

They are beautiful pictures, a reminder of the place as it was before, and the way it will be again. Hugs to you, Dianne.

Ron said...

Not too many shots at all, Dianne.

It's as you shared, they are all dependent on each other to tell the story.

And what BEAUTIFUL shots they are. The color is amazing!

Love the quote by Robert Nathan.

X and hugs to you and the gang!

I'm With Stupid said...

Mother Nature, like all women, can be so beautiful and so vicious at the same time.

Jay

ladyfi said...

Such lovely shots. However, I tend to think that we too have let nature down by not caring well enough for the planet.

Kerri said...

Pretty!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Our World Tuesday, I enjoyed sharing your world here with you today. Mother Nature is certainly in turmoil but she is still producing stunning beauty.

Mike said...

We've had two stages of fall around our house. Stage two is about over.

Sylvia K said...

So much beauty and such fantastic captures, Dianne! I do have to agree with Fiona, we have let nature and the planet down over and over again and we're still doing it!! Sadly, it's we and the planet that suffer as a result.
Hugs to Hope and to you! Enjoy your week!!

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Such BEAUTIFUL pictures, my dear....The "fall" before 'The Fall'.....I know you must be so very sad and I understand being angry at Nature....It's GOOD that you got all these very special pictures before all the damage...
Hugs To You and HOPE!
((((((((((HUGS))))))))))

Jay Simser said...

Wonderful pictures. I think that perhaps there is still beauty all around you but it is more difficult to see. These will always remind you of what will be another.

Carver said...

Wonderful autumn shots. I'm glad you included all of them.

Barb said...

Nothing quite like fall where there are so many deciduous trees. Vivid!

Jim said...

Hi Dianne ~~ Yes Mother Nature get very angry and does damage. But then she relents and while we humans heal she resumes showing off her calm and beautiful side.

You have done well in capturing both on the both's of your blogs. We did experience tropical storm waters (no insurance for the furniture) that once got up 32 inches into our house. Anoher time the eye of a hurricane went right over our house, the trees protected the home.

That is why we moved in retirement to live on a hill 75 miles further north from the Gulf (of Mexico).
..

Daryl said...

no apology necessary when sharing such gorgeous photos

Betty said...

Lovely. Isn't this a beautiful time of year?

Ivanhoe said...

So pretty! I thought I was tired of the colors...but no! Still love'em :)
Hugs from Ohio,
I.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely fall images! The colors are gorgeous. The weather sometimes seem to be very destructive, but it is out of our control. I am happy you were safe. Have a great day!

HermanTurnip said...

Those are some great pics! Goes to show that nature has two sides to her: These pics, and Sandy.

Hilary said...

Beautiful, colourful shots, Di. It's hard to fathom that such a force came through shortly afterward.

Katz Tales said...

How lovely. The colours are so bold and clear, that they look fake. You could use them to make jigsaw puzzles!

Singing Bear said...

Wonderful Autumn collection!

Kusum Sanu said...

Definitely you have caught the falls in your series! Great post!

Granny Annie said...

You could have even shared more and there wouldn't be too many. Beautiful!

caregiver/Gin said...

Dianne, after the devastation your have gone through, this will be one to keep for many years! Well done, and the best with the recovering efforts. Gin

Reb said...

These are much nicer to look at than the devastation shots from your earlier post. I am glad that you have made it through both storms, but sad that you had to. Mother nature can really be a bitch sometimes.

Oh, I am very glad your election turned out the way it did.

Pat said...

Beautiful shots! I love the fall. All the leaves here in the Midwest have fallen and the trees are bare.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They do depend on each other -- each picture is wonderful and together they make a lovely series. And poignant knowing what came after. Fall always makes me feel a little happy and a little unsettled all at the same time -- this post doubles all those feelings (at least).

Loredana Donovan said...

Glad you're safe, Dianne. Pretty fall shots, lots of color. Love those pumpkins in the wooden box :)

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm glad you were able to find so much beauty in spite of so much devastation. I'm glad you live on higher ground...but please be safe.

Lowell said...

Please don't apologize for the number of photos - they are all gorgeous and a nice reminder that there is great beauty amidst the pain and destruction that sometimes befalls us.

So glad you came through it all mostly intact!

Linda Reeder said...

What a lovely post! It is so sadly sweet and sweetly sad. That kind of describes autumn for me anyway.
And then there was Sandy.

Rambling Woods said...

You know I love a good story in photos and a great quote.. Perfect for Nature Notes...hugs...Michelle