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Friday, September 22, 2017

Rain, Lightening and Thunder

The storm clouds coming from the north-east. The sun was still shining and that makes the clouds look fierce.

And the rain came in sheets, in waves pushed by strong winds. And the lightening flashed and the thunder crashed, and I was outside in a corner of a sheltered carport on Good Avenue. I had plenty of time to make it home before the storm came but I wanted to watch this storm being outside. I didn't get wet, at least not soaking wet. The harder the wind blew, lightening flashed and thunder crashed I stayed in my corner. The frogs came hoping onto higher ground. A cat with long skinny legs almost flew up the street. I do think it was just a common barn cat and not a Bobcat.  

This is blurry, but the rains were still strong. Finally the last strokes of lightening and thunder came and went. The rains basically quit and I went home going just below the speed limit for a for a bike. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Wedding Anniversary

Yoder couple from Oakland Maryland. Five years ago they were here on their honeymoon. They decided to celebrate their fifth year of marriage at the same place they spent honeymoon. 

I never got his first name but he is a nephew to Noah Brenneman from Sarasota.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Storm Damage

Tonight I met up with this group of men and their vehicles. Tomorrow they are coming back to clean up the Pinecraft Park. Some work has been done this week like mowing the grass but the park is still a mess. 

Six Palm trees fell, four of them like dominoes at the north end of Kaufman.

This pine fell across the fence behind Everence bank and slightly damaged the corner of a building.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Life in the Pinecraft Park.

Every time I go to the Pinecraft Park, I bike past the retention pond to see what birds are there. Tonight I saw the reflections of this bird in the water before I located him in the tree. We watched each other for a while before he sought a tree a bit further from me.  

These three are the best of friends.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall who is the fairest of us all?"

Tonight's sunset was more yellow than orange. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Feeding the Squirrels

There were only about four squirrels around tonight feeding on peanuts. I don't know if the others perished in this storm or if they gave up on me bringing them peanuts. Tonight for the very first time one of the squirrels (not this one) caught a peanut in midair and took off with it, just like men catch a football. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pinecraft After Irma

Here are some of the photos I took last evening as I biked around. I am not aware that Pinecraft lost its power. Plus no major damage. I did notice this morning that three mailboxes got hit on Graber Ave between Bahia Vista and Fry. The one sitting in a bucket of cement rolled over without damage. Carl & Gertie McClure got broken off and also one in that neighborhood is down on the ground. 

This is the canal or whatever it is called on the east side of Beneve. After going through a tunnel under Beneve is enters Pinecraft and flows on the backside of my house and flows onward west into the Phillippi Creek. Anyway here it has lots of water flowing into it. By the time it gets behind my house it has been reduced in size and flow.  

This is at the foot bridge going from Schroock to Hines.

Levi Schwartz' place on the corner of Hines and Schrock.

Sam Kauffman's roof on Bimini, behind Katie Beiler. Chip is taking care of the roof.
 
On Hacienda Street

The Overholt home on the corner of Kaufman and Bahia Vista. Only the tarp got whipped.

The west side of this sign got a beating up and is dangling.

A good way to clear off the bulletin board at the former post office.

The Phillippi Creek at the boat dock. 
 


Water where the Bocce Ball games are played.

The sunset was beautiful.

The Oak tree at the retention pond. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Preparing for Hurricane Irma

 On the corner of Estrada and Kaufman

Yoder's Restaurant

Yoder's Gift Shop

The county is gathering up trash containers at the Pinecraft Park.

The postal drop box is covered. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Weedy Life

Sometimes life gets weedy. 
Normally the park is very well kept, 
but ever since our last big rains the grass hasn't been cut. 
I am guessing they are busy getting ready for Hurricane Irma. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Labor Day Evening

September 6th is full moon. 

This evening I attended the Labor Day cookout at the Pinecraft Park for the homeless and whoever else that came around. I was invited to join them as I biked past. And so one of the men fixed a hamburger and with all the fixings I wanted and I enjoyed every bit of it. It was good food.  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Life is Good

I love these purple flowers. 

Today I watched this hawk fly to the ground, wait a bit and picked up something with a tail, either a little snake or a lizard and settled on this tree to pull it apart and devour it bit by bit.    

Our clouds this afternoon, although we had no rain today and also a beautiful sunset.