Currier & Ives in the South

We had a storm that may only happen once or twice in a life time. The past couple of years have been an exception.

A few years ago Georgia was having one of the worst draughts ever. When we were looking for a place to get off the road once in awhile, we looked for a place on Strom Thurman Lake, North of Augusta, Georgia. We found that 90% of the docks were out of water because the lake was so low and it looked like some of the docks hadn’t seen water in years.  We were lucky enough to find a place that the dock was still in 8 feet of water.

All that changed last year when we had so much rain that the lake was full and overflowing the dam.  The people that owned all this land originally still live on a portion of it. I got  to talk to him several months ago and he said that he lived on the land for 70 some years now and he has never seen that much rain before.

That brings me to our Currier & Ives  header, the past few weeks we have had some of the coldest weather southern Georgia has seen or maybe ever seen. January 29,2014 the temperature was 1 to 3 degrees above zero. We had water pipes, schedule 40 pipes, burst and split down the length of them. We ended up with out water for 4 days. That storm was the Polar Vortex Storm.  Fast forward to February 11 thru 13, 2014  we were hit with another storm this time freezing cold weather with rain ice snow and more ice. All the time it remained in the freezing zone. We had trees that hung over our house full off ice , scarred that one of them would break and come crashing down on us. The porch and all three sets of steps were covered in ice. We worried about letting the dogs out because we were afraid they would slip on the steps and get hurt.  There was no way we could get them to a vet  because we could not get out of our drive way due to the ice. This was pretty scary being from California most of my life and not use to this kind of weather and coldness. The 6:00 PM news today announced that there are still over a half a million people in Georgia without electricity. Many of the people’s homes are all electric.  For us we never lost electricity we were lucky. Relatives down in Augusta, GA have been without electricity for a couple of days. My brother-in –law and his wife are in Augusta,GA and without electricity stayed in bed all day yesterday just to keep warm.

I was able to capture a few photographs that made it feel like a currier and Ives scene. This part of Georgia rarely ever sees snow.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

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I thought with all this hot weather we are having, something cool would be refreshing – here’s my cooling picture.

The first thing that comes to mind is a new fresh snow fall.

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Or maybe our little Pekinese freshly washed.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Season Winter

My wife wanted to go and spend a few days in the snow. We had some friends working and staying at Geneva On The Lake , that’s about 1000 yards off Lake Erie. It was February and it was snowing up there, so we went. There was no running water but my friend had a couple of plastic drums and a pump in the back of his pick-up and that is how we got fresh water while we were there. A few days was all we were going to stay. The first night we ended up with a half inch of ice all the way down the right side of our motor home,the water line froze. The next morning we put a small electric heater in the bay were the water line was frozen ,it thawed out in a few hours. That night it snowed and the next night and the next night. We got to stay there for 2 1/2 weeks before the roads were cleared off. It was an experience to remember.

This is are photos from that trip. It definitely was pretty and my dog had fun hopping through the snow.

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