Irma and Me


Image before Irma's arrival showing how many boat owners
will tie up their boats in the center of their canal
with ropes tied to both sides of the canal. Neighbors
are more than willing to help out to keep everything

The 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season has been a busy one and has affected many friends and family located in the coastal areas of the Gulf states, Florida and its Keys. With this post I am just sharing a little of my day with Irma. Well, as with any major preparation, it is never a day adding in preparation, clean up and repair. As I am located in very Eastern North Broward County and with Irma’s shift to the west we chose not to evacuate. So our day with Irma was Sunday, September the 10th. I am grateful that we didn’t take the direct hit here as the winds we did get were relentless all day Sunday. I think around 6pm I got my first inkling that ahh its over. In between gusts it was lovely by then and such a relief. Believe me I know we were very lucky. The images here are just a limited view of my backyard taken before the worst of the winds started and in between rain much as I could manage. Water  was pushed down our canal courtesy of Irma’s twirling skirts of chaos as shown below. And, also showing what a difference a day makes and the return of the critters.

In this view our across the canal neighbor's boat is
tied in the center roped to his and our side. Our
boat is the Contender tied closer to the dock. It is
not in the center but was anchored and tied so that
it was well away from the dock and pilings. It did well.

Water coming up and over the sea wall into the yard.
 The house was never in danger of flooding but even
with the current king tides water never goes over the 
high sections of the dock like this.

A view of the canal getting waves as wind pushed the
water in.

Aftermath consequence to the sea wall. Disturbance
to the sandy base of the sea wall from surge all day
caused loss of dirt from the yard and the sea wall itself
to move and become tilted.

Another sea wall view.

What a difference a day makes!! After a bad storm the
 beautiful weather is almost in defiance of the 
real damage in destroyed homes, downed trees, and
heartbreak illuminated by the beautiful day.

As you might imagine, critters who find shelter during
a storm are very quick to resume their normal 
activities. This guy looks rather defiant himself
perched on the top of my bougainvillea hedge, a favourite
salad bar.

See evidence....eating a leaf off the bougainvillea. 
Handsome though and the rich colors after the gray
days are a feast to the eye.

Wishing everyone affected by our storms so far this year a quick recovery and a starting over with hope and happiness. I have to marvel at the forces of nature and how insignificant one can feel in the face of Mother Nature’s fury. Sometimes all you can do is watch and wonder. Be well everyone.




~ by Judy on October 8, 2017.

16 Responses to “Irma and Me”

  1. I’m glad to find out that you came through Irma not too badly. Keep well, be safe!

    • Ahh you too and thanks. Yep even with my moments of worry during the storm….like watching the ground move up and down with the sway of limbs and trunk of my big seagrape tree….I was so sure it was going to come down and land on that catamaran at the dock. If it weren’t for that I probably would have enjoyed the primal forces with a bit more abandon.

  2. I’m happy you’re safe, Judy. Soon Hurricane season will be over, thankfully!

  3. Another survived. Though Irma makes our North Sea Surges seem minor (we tend not to get such savage winds, only a sea mountain-high coming straight for you). I like the lizard. Arrogant looking chap, and a wonderful shade of green.

  4. We’re very happy to see you are safe and well, Judy. The impact is immense and it’s good wildlife didn’t suffer too much this time. It’s great to see your photo documentation. I stayed it Florida, Sunny Isles, north of Miami, when Norma visited and will never forget it. It took years to get everything back to normal!
    Warm greetings from North Norfolk,
    Dina & co

    • That is true. The previous bad one in my area was Wilma and yet I feel that my area on East Broward Country is pretty fortunate compared to the Keys. But, there is always the potential for the most direct of hits to contend with anywhere on the coast. Wow you were in Miami…not so far!!

  5. By the way, are friendly with Phil Lanoue by any chance? I haven’t read or heard anything from him for ages, I hope he and his family are alright. x

    • That is a good question. I haven’t heard in awhile either an not so long ago went to look at his site and the posts were not recent. I will see if I can send him a note and ask how he is. I have admired his work so much, and when I finally bought a decent bird lens, I asked him what he thought first and he helped me cinch my decision…and he was right…great lens.

  6. Happy emergence unscathed.
    That’s a great iguana you’ve got there.

    • Thanks and am grateful!! On the iguanas, I’ll share, they LOVE my bougainvillea and often around noon or so there are 8 munching away at the same time. The go away when it is cold being exothermic and all, but otherwise the love south Florida. Introduced you know by people letting go of pets, not native but happy here.

  7. It’s interesting to see how differently boaters prepare, depending on their circumstances. A friend from this area started keeping his DeFever inland, around Moore Haven or La Belle. I don’t remember exactly where he was, but I know he was on a canal, and tied up from either side. During Irma, another blogging friend who’s singlehanding the Gulf Coast on a small sailboat tucked into a mangrove swamp and tied up there. He did just fine, since he has a swing keel and can get into places larger boats couldn’t.

    We had quite a bit of repair to do along our channels after Harvey. The current in Clear Creek, from Clear Lake into Galveston Bay, was running about ten knots, and it just tore up a lot of docks and such. It left more sand than you can believe, too — enough to fill in all those voids along your bulkhead!

    Have you ever had your iguanas drop out of the trees in cold weather? A friend in Lauderhill had that experience one winter. They kept dropping everywhere — she’s so close to you that if it happened to her, you might have had the same experience.

    Things are settling down here, now. I hope they are for you, too. Any word on how the Everglades, etc., fared? Our refuges are opening, bit by bit, but it certainly isn’t going to be a typical autumn.

    • Well in some post somewhere I’d mentioned the year we had the extended cold snap causing the “iguana showers” which were the subject of an article in the Miami Herald. Being exothermic they need heat from the sun to do well, when cold they freeze up. Some of them woke up and some of them didn’t.

      It is neat how long time boaters have their hurricane hole schemes. Even pirates would hide in similar fashion in the mangroves back when…such as Ceasar’s Creek down here. I have relatives in La Belle on the Calusahatchee River and they did ok. Although I am not sure where their boat was when Irma came since they usually keep it in Plantation in the Key around that time of year. There are a lot of little nooks on the river in their area to set things. I am glad that Texas is recovering. I think Puerto Rico is in a bad way.

  8. It’s amazing how much damage these hurricanes have done and how quickly. I’m glad to hear you made it through with minimal damage. I still would love to live in Florida one day. I’m so tired of the snow and cold and gloomy days up here in the North. Good luck..🙋🐦

    • I appreciate the well wishes on surviving Irma. Even though we were on the east, it was still an intense day. If it weren’t for worries of harm to people or property, feeling the power of such storms is amazing and interesting. How the wind blew and blew. Well maybe you can be a snow bird and come down in the winter? Gloomy days are nice once in awhile to curl up with a good book in, but I agree day after day might be tiresome after awhile. Its the contrast I love between the gloomy rainy days and the golden days we have here. Hope the winter is kind to you up North this year!!

  9. There is something about intense weather I find very electric and attractive ~ but am so heartbroken by the destruction and absolute struggles such storms create. Happy to hear you were spared the harshness of Irma, and also the insight into the preparations of your neighbors and area. This post is a great mirror as to the trepidation of a storm coming your way, to the beautiful look of nature and greens of life with your last few incredible photos. Happy all is well, and wish you a great autumn Judy.

    • I agree completely on that visceral excitement you get from feeling the power of a storm or feeling the earth move in an earthquake. As a kid I always loved bad weather and the smell of the earth when it rained. I only feel guilty about that when a powerful natural event hurts people, their property, their livelihood. Water so necessary to life can be so very destructive and deadly. I guess for me I have this subliminal appreciation that even the most sentient being on the planet cannot control everything and that maybe we are supposed to get something out of that. Not necessarily being made to feel insignificant in the face of power but maybe just a reality check.

      Always kind thoughts and wishes for quick healing and repair as we all recover from the events of this summer and fall.

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