A visit from Laura

One of the things we loved about this little house on the hill was the giant pine tree in the front yard, and the magnolia next to it. In fact, we loved all the pine trees that lined the ridge of the yard and the driveway. But that was yesterday–well, technically, it was yesterday 2015…after the big fire.

Pine after fire

You might notice the scythe-shaped pine limb with the two dangling edges in the center left of the photograph. From the angle when I sit on the porch, I thought they looked like praying mantis hands.

When I would sit out on the front porch, I watched over the years as small bits and pieces at the ends of limbs would blow down, but still, those hands hung on.  Sometimes when the wind was blowing, I would watch the praying mantis arms swaying and wonder how they did not fall.  Invariably after a winter storm and ice or snow, a larger limb or branch would fall.  It became a habit to check them after heavy rain or storms.  We have experienced considerable episodes of heavy downpours and a couple of thunderstorms with high winds since Hurricane Laura hit the coast and moved inland.  We lost two limbs in the back yard and two small trees at the bottom of the hill–which I had to drag out of the driveway on my way to the store.

limbs on the ground

Last evening, I went out and noted that sometime since the evening before, limbs had fallen from the big pine tree. It finally happened. I wondered why it had taken so long. I could never fathom how the slender threads of bark at the bend and near the end of the limb could keep hanging on. I suppose it is a fitting metaphor for those times when we wonder how someone or something can keep hanging on, until the moment it no longer can.

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7 Responses to A visit from Laura

  1. Yes, a fitting metaphor. Glad you did not have any worse damage. I can see why you loved all your trees! Stay safe.

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  2. peggyjoan42 says:

    We had terrible problems in Arkansas from Laura. Eight tornadoes in the state, 55,000 without power. Numerous homes destroyed, lots of flooding, but thankfully – No deaths. Limbs were falling everywhere. My house is untouched, which is a blessing. The wind was awful. Glad you do not have any major problems in your area.

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  3. Beth says:

    I can see why you enjoy the pines as the view is very peaceful. My grandparents’ house in Eupora was surrounded by large pines that were just seedlings when they bought the property in the early 1940’s. I loved playing under them. Glad your damage was minimal!

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  4. Sheryl says:

    It’s good to hear that the damage wasn’t worse. What a beautiful view! It looks so peaceful.

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