Irene has come and gone. She brought with her a lot of rain and has left a lot of wind. All in all, for us it was just a tropical storm or Nature's Spring Cleaning. Below is a BEFORE picture of our lake. They are fixing our dams and had lowered the level of water by almost half.
This morning, after the showers had passed, I ventured out to take a few AFTER pictures, as Irene has seen fit to fill our lake up to its original level and then some. During the summer, a mammouth sunflower planted by the birds had taken root in the mud beside our pier, as you can see, she is quite underwater.
This picture above is the view I have of my neighbors backyard. The water is a few feet up his yard. But what I hadn't noticed was the tree now covering his pier, top left corner of the photo. Can't see his flagpole anymore!
I walked around to the other side of his house - turns out it was the next neighbor who had lost two big big trees. One fell to the right onto the neighbors pier, just missing the corner of his house. The second tree fell toward the lake and took out half of a beautiful ancient willow tree.
So all in all - blessings all around - no one was hurt - no property damage except for the pier. And to think my main concern this morning was my sunflower!