a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mother Nature's Surprises

Super Tuesday tornado outbreak in February 2008 was strong and long lived.  We had roof damage, lost half of our barn (no insurance) and many, many trees. We were lucky.

The neighborhood just over the rise had one person killed and several homes destroyed along with life stock.  The small town of Zion, six miles away,  had one death and the same destructive result.
Here are two pictures from Zion.  I would like to repeat how lucky this county was. Being in a rural area most damage was in sparsely populated areas.

Hubby was Emergency Manager and was out for 36 hours straight  (and for weeks afterwards), organizing, rescuing, and working.  The people were wonderful.  Every one was out with chain saws clearing trails, checking on their neighbors and feeding the people. I was counting cows and calming the horses when a ATV appeared through another pasture to check on us.  I still don't know to this day who it was!

The tornado keeps on giving.  This is one of the large pecan trees.  About twenty feet off the ground we have found a brake cable, we think.  The recent constant winds must have dislodged it and dropped it down where we could see.
Another surprise from Mother Nature is the broken bottle I found as I was cutting down Virginia Creeper from the side of the same tree.  The root had grown through a buried bottle. The mouth of the bottle still was attached to the root.
Mother Nature and man leaves us many surprises,
good and bad.
Here's my most recent find left behind from the previous occupants.

Mother Nature has many secrets.


TexWisGirl said...

pretty amazing. and scary.

Lynne said...

Amazing how one survives some of natures fury!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Gail..I was wondering if this bad cold front they are talking about is going to hit you in Arkansas? Do you have to prepare for it? It's not Tornado season anymore ..or is it???

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The vehicle in the tree is terrifying. Had someone been in it, he would've stood no chance.

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like it was quite the tornado. Glad to hear there was not too much damage at your place; but the deaths are so sad. A few years ago there was a bad tornado that wiped out a large part of Parkersburg, IA. It was scary and the damage was terrible, but the town has grown back beautifully.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Scary for sure, the wind can do terrible damage:(

Magaly Guerrero said...

She is beautiful, terrifying, nurturing and ruthless... and how we need her.

I know this was a terrible thing, but indeed, it is nice when people come together to turn disaster into hope.

LindaG said...

What a great arrowhead! Glad things weren't worse back then.
Have a blessed week, Gail! ♥

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