Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Most times when we think of Mother Nature we usually embellish all the good things we see and enjoy. The beautiful summers, the birds and animals, the sights that can only come from looking out over the expanse of new life as nature takes over the remnants of what winter has left us, fashioning a new beginning.

Only occasionally do we have another side of nature to look at. Pretty rarely do we think of it as seemingly, cold, cruel and downright heartless.

Yesterday/overnight was one of those such times.

According to the reports out of the news sources where we live, approximately 44 people have supposed to have lost their lives. All this arising out of a horrendous pattern of storms and Tornado’s that cut a path across some of the United States.

When you see some of the pictures like I did, nature really gives you a jolt and something else to think about, a new measure of respect for the awesome powers that nature possesses.

All too many times do we hear and read of the disasters from other countries around the world. To think of such things happening here at ‘our home’ would not even be in our minds until it happens as it did yesterday/night.

Our hearts and prayers go out to those who have suffered as a result of this disaster. Our condolences to the relatives, the loved ones, friends and fellow workers, may you find peace as you travel the journey of your grief.



Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

So sorry to hear this, Eric; these freak events are seemingly becoming more common, and it's overwhelming for those caught up in it. Our thoughts go out to them.

Eric Valentine said...

Yes Julie, these things do seem to happen lately at an alarming frequency, makes one wonder what the world is coming to.

newnorth said...

Nature amazes me all the time, the beauty, power, and sadly disasters.

Eric Valentine said...

Yes Newnorth, when you think about it, humans abuse nature, then she slaps them down in a hurry to let them know who's boss.. :)

It's just sad that some people have to pay such a price.

samrina said...

No artificial, men generated thing can compare beauty of nature, its always above n so fascinating.. I wish we can realize the worth of this God gifted beauty and take care of it..

God bless you Eric!

zirelda said...

I absolutely agree Eric. What an odd time of year for it to happen as well. We got about three inches of snow out of the storm before it moved that way. It's mostly gone now. But I'm told that in on the West Slope of Colorado they have more snow than they know what to do with.

Last spring it snowed so much in southern Colorado that the cows starved to death because they couldn't get out to the fields to feed them. I wonder if this is what winters were like in the 1800's.

I think we created the conditions for this to happen and now we have to deal with the consequences. Kinda like the dust bowl days.

Augs Casa said...

It was terrible and it was hitting pretty close to home. Well said mate. I hope you are well.


Eric Valentine said...

Hi Samrina, like all things with the human race, it's always too little too late. When will they learn.

Take care. :)

Eric Valentine said...

Hello Zirelda, yes the seasons are certainly running amok these days. We had two storms that dumped over a foot of snow each time. This last one last night was quite windy with it so we have some great drifts to clear.

I remember a time once in England, a thousand yrs ago :)

They had to fly in feed and do an air drop, for everthing else was cut off, the snow was so deep. :)

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Augs, good seeing you again. Yes I guess it was close to you, good to hear all is ok my friend. :)

Margie said...

So tragic, Eric!
Mother nature can cause such havoc in people's lives.
My heart goes out to all those that lost loved ones!

Thanks for this post!


Eric Valentine said...

Yes it is tragic Margie.

Sadly one never knows just when or where these things will happen.

Thank you for visiting my friend.

swenglishexpat said...

Mighty forces are at work, making us all feel very insignificant and helpless.

BTW You've been tagged for a little bookie-type meme, quick and easy. Drop in and find out!

Eric Valentine said...

I agree totally Swen my friend, things like this remind us of just how small we really are.

I will try & pop over for a look later today for the tag. :)

drips of paint said...

//may you find peace as you travel the journey of your grief.//
this is a beatiful line, Eric.:)

Everyweek my mail box is filled up with advertising/ marketing coupon ... literally filled up with this paper that goes into the trash right away. I wonder how many trees got chopped down for this everyday ..... so that I the consumer can save a few bucks, the seller can grow their business and the post office can have a stable source of income.

//It's just sad that some people have to pay such a price.//

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Tim, glad you like that line, they do seem to pop out and fit. :)

I wrote a poem a while back about man and his greed at the cost of the environment. Thanks for the visit my friend. :)

shades said...

So sorry to hear it...
I pray for the souls of those who lost their lives in the frozen depths..

Eric Valentine said...

Hi Shades, yes a sad day that day.