Counting our Blessings

Hurricane news has dominated this week, and it’s been hard to think much about photo ops.  Irma’s path through the Caribbean and Florida left huge swaths of devastation –  destroying lives, homes, livelihoods, and infrastructure.  The Keys are especially hard hit.  I’m sure you’ve seen reports so I won’t repeat them here.

I will let you know that our family is counting our blessings.  We have some roof damage, and we’re dealing with a few other repairs (and damage from the Equifax leaks too!) but all of our utilities are working.  There are many places close-by that are still without power.  It seems like most businesses in Central Florida are gradually re-stocking and re-opening – so unlike some, we’re able to get groceries and gas.

Bright Double Rainbow after Hurricane IrmaBright Double Rainbow after Hurricane Irma – Our daughter MK (and her cat Milo) stayed with us during the storm and when the Orange County Florida curfew ended on Monday night, we drove her back to her place. On the way home, we saw this incredibly bright double rainbow and stopped in the empty McDonald’s parking lot to make a photo with my iPhone. The skies were clearing and hopefully it’s a sign that everyone affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the way back to recovery.

There’s still a lot of flooding in Florida and more is forecast.  In our area, Lake Jesup is over its banks and may go higher.  I’m guessing that  the flood waters will drown the late September / early October sunflower fields along the north side of the lake this year, similar to what happened in 2008 after Tropical Storm Fay.  Even if they do bloom, getting out to them will be a soggy mess at best.  We’ll probably have to wait for next year.  Hopefully then we’ll be wondering about photo ops again instead of storms.

To everyone suffering from the effects of the recent hurricanes, our hearts go out to you.  For the rest of us that haven’t suffered as much – take time to remember how lucky we are and what’s really important.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.  I’ll try to get back to the normal blog articles  soon.
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8 thoughts on “Counting our Blessings

  1. Well said, Ed. Glad to hear you and your family are safe. I have to say, I was terrified when I saw the size of this thing. I knew so many would be affected in some way or another. I also was very concerned for all the wildlife out there. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful photo and inspirational words. Be safe out there!

  2. So happy to know you are all well and fine there! I think that is one of the most beautiful, incredible rainbow shots ever!

  3. It’s good to read the blog, Ed. And maybe you’ll post some previous shots of those wonderful sunflowers when the time comes.

  4. Thank you Debra, Vicki, and Rhona.

    Sitting through Irma in Central Florida was scary. The high winds and massive rain lasted a long time, and the worst of it was in the dark. I hope the folks that weren’t as lucky as us can make a quick recovery.

    1. Hello Naim. Rainbows are sometimes hard to photograph. I used a few tricks: The iPhone 7+ can capture images in RAW format and I can take them into Lightroom to process. That helps a lot. Thanks for commenting!

      Ed

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