This blog is about my garden and the outdoors. I am new to photography but I am trying to show some of the pretty things that grow here in Michigan. I love the wild things who visit me and I dont mind if they eat a bit here and there. I like it more if they let me take their picture. As time goes on I think I will try to show you around the beautiful area that I live in as well as my garden. I try to use my own pictures as much as possible but will also use pictures from the web. If I inadvertently use your photo or work without permission please email me and I will remove it or give credit if you prefer. I will give credit when I know who the owner is. I would ask that anyone using my pictures do the same.
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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

One heck of a storm....................

During the days that Gerry was sick we had a storm. I have never seen such a widespread damaging storm here in this area. There were trees down all around my house but no damage to our place. I was shocked the next day when I saw the damage.
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That was my neighbours house. The tree was struck by lightening. The street was blocked by downed trees in all directions.
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We were very lucky to not have a power outage. Much of this area was out for several days.
It was the biggest toughest storm I can remember. It was not just local to Traverse City. The amazing thing is the huge area it covered. Tornadoes virtually unheard of here all over the place.
Some of our favourite places have been stipped of timber. Such a shame. It will grow again but not in our lifetime as one friend said.
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Glen Arbor was cut off for a couple of days so that roads could be cleared of debri. It was amazing that no one died. Several homes were damaged but it could have been much worse.
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It took days to clear roads, the main roads first and the small ones weeks later. The forests had the trees snapped in two, tops taken off. Funny thing, huge healthy trees knocked down and dead trees stayed up. I didnt get that.
So here are a few pictures of the storm coming in.
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So many people saw it coming and got great pictures. The whole of Leelanau and Grand Traverse County was affected.
I slept through it all..........and was amazed when I got a phone call from the emergency warning people to stay off the roads. Hmmmmmm
Laura and I went out next day and took a drive, we went to the beach. You would not know there had been a storm, it was a beautiful day. We figured a great day for beach combing, and it was. It was sad to see all the damage though, so many lines down and we had to negotiate trees on the side roads. The road and power people did an amazing job, if the people who were complaining got out and saw the extent of what they had to cope with, well, they would be a bit more Patient

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