A little beauty in the aftermath of Irma

Tropical Storm Irma (previously Hurricane Irma) blew through here in the mountains of North Georgia as our first ever tropical storm, leaving considerable damage in its wake.  Many people have no electricity, no water, no landline telephone service, spotty cell phone service, power lines down across roads, trees down, and homes damaged.  Many businesses are closed, and the schools have been out all week so far.  There is no indication as to when power will be restored, although it could be two weeks for some people here.  And where Irma hit as a hurricane, the damage is immense.

We made it through without losing power, water, landline phone service, or satellite television, which is incredible because we often lose those services at random times anyway for no apparent reason.  We live in the woods in the middle of nowhere, and I really don’t understand why everything stayed on, but I am grateful.  There were only a few small tree limbs down on our property, and I was able to clean those up yesterday morning.

The weather turned very chilly here prior to the storm’s arrival, and I think that may have lessened its strength, as it had largely fizzled out by the time it reached the northwest corner of our state.

A few days before the storm I noticed that the blooms on our Tardiva Hydrangea, which always are white, were beginning to have a pink tinge to them.  Yes, they are turning pink for the first time ever, adding a little beauty and color to the drab aftermath of the storm.


“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world.”   (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

12 Comments Add yours

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    Again, very glad to hear that you came through the storm relatively unscathed!


    1. Thank you! I wish everyone had been so lucky!

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    1. Thanks so much! Our oldest daughter and her family stayed in the Miami area to ride out the storm, and they are without power in that awful heat. But at least their house came through without any damage.

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  3. arlene says:

    It’s really nice to know that you did okay during the hurricane. So sad for those people who bore the brunt of it.

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    1. Yes, we keep hearing sad stories of people’s experiences. My father, who is almost 90 years old, chose to stay in his home rather than stay with us, and he hasn’t had any electricity in several days. He still refuses to come here. (He was a paratrooper in the Army at the end of World War II and thinks he can survive anything.) At least my sister is watching out for him.

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      1. arlene says:

        At least your sister is there to watch out for him. Nowadays we don’t really feel safe no matter where we are. here in the Philippines, those areas which never experienced flash floods before get flooded now.


        1. Climate change. But here in the U.S. we have a government that denies it’s happening. So sad.

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          1. arlene says:

            Yes, it is really sad that he does not recognize the effect of climate change.

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  4. Amy says:

    So glad everything is okay with you and you and your family are safe.


    1. Thank you. So many people lost so much. We are blessed to have come through okay.

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  5. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Thank goodness all is well your way, Hannah!! And yes I so agree about flowers and their ability to bring beauty when all around is drab or ugly. Beautiful pictures, thank you! ☺️


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