Funny how disaster sometimes brings us together. It was heart-warming to see so many neighbors helping each other out. Even one pack of high school aged kids roamed the neighborhood as a group aiding any and all who needed it. The clean-up will go on through the weekend, and perhaps longer.
It was also kinda fun to play several rounds of UNO with the kids by candlelight. I also read to them for an hour, finishing up book four of a series I've been reading to them each night. We were all in bed by 8:30pm, the kids snuggled into sleeping bags to stay warm in our stick-and-brick tent - without power and heat.
Below are some of the pictures from our yard:
|This pine's trunk separated in two a few feet up. I should have known the tree was in trouble when I saw mushrooms growing out of the split a couple months back and recalling Julie Zickefoose's posts last May about her fallen oak tree. In this photo you can see that each trunk fell in a different direction. The one in the back is leaning on the neighbors house. The trunk in the foreground crushed the fence, took out one of the neighbors trees and ripped the power line down...so they are still without power.|
Being that this home is a rental property, I've not allowed myself to become emotionally attached to the landscaping or the trees in particular. Though I did have plans for this pine, including a Screech-Owl box. It did regularly host a good variety of species that seem to prefer pines, so now my yard is left without a pine. Another large stand of pines in an adjoining property that hosts a lot of birds lost seven of their trees, so more than half. It'll be interested to see how this affects the variety of yard birds. Surprisingly, I didn't come across a single bird nest in all the pine tree debris.