Friday, April 16, 2010

Day 217

The weather today was kind of iffy, but I thought that when Adam and I came back from our errand this afternoon, I would take a photo of some magnolia blossoms. It was sprinkling a bit, but off and on. Nothing serious.  I'd go out when we got home.  And away we went. 

Came out of the mall, where we had to exchange some clothing for J (that girl is shooting up like a weed, I tell you!), turned onto the access road to the highway and BAM!

The traffic lights flickered and went out, and then...the deluge..  I have never seen anything like it.  It reminded me a bit of the pre-tornado weather in Edmonton in 1987, but that was a tornado.  Different ballgame.

That said, the lashing rain, wicked wind hurling debris onto the highway, and inability to see even a few yards in front of the vehicle was more than a bit scary.  By debris, incidentally, I'm not talking a few small tree branches.  We're talking trees and pretty large rocks.  Traffic was crawling along, even after much of the traffic had pulled over to the side of the road to see if the rain would subsite a bit.  I was behind a trailor truck for quite awhile, when it suddenly swerved to the right, and I'm glad it did, because I would have never seen the flat boulder in the middle of the highway.  I would have ended up like the car that we passed.  Tire completely destroyed.  It was amazing the driver kept control of her car.

Power was out everywhere.  Adam thought it was fun how everyone took turns at the lights.  BUT there was power up on the hill, where we live.  At least in our portion.  So we hunkered in for the evening and put the kids to bed.

And then the power went out here, too.

So.  No magnolia blossoms.  This is what you're getting.  Cos other than the light from the computer screen, thanks to an air card, it's blacker than the inside of a cow.

Except for when I turn on the flashlight.  Thankfully, the kids hadn't lost the thing.

While the lights were on, I put out a facebook SOS for ideas.  Some suggestions were:  put a daisy between my toes, paint my toes like a flower, milk and cookies, and candles.  All good ideas.  After the lights went out, candles was probably the best option.  Except that it required my tripod.  Which has a wonky leg.  And I'm klutz and just KNOW I'd break something in the dark.  Not to mention I haven't yet taken a candle photo that I like.  Which means I'd best start figuring it out.  I know it.  And I'm making excuses because really...

I'm just too lazy to get up and do it.

So.  Flashlight on curtains, taken from the couch because trying to figure out how to make things artistic when it was that dark wasn't something I really wanted to do right then.

Pbtht.  LOL  At least I can admit I have a problem!


Dar said...

okay. thats funny :) Awesome photos.

Erin said...

Wow, that sounds pretty intense.I am so relieved you made it home safely! The weather here was a bit strange today as well. Ha, it's pretty challenging to be artistic in the dark. :)

kathryn said...

Wow...that sounds like some scary storm. I'm glad no-one was hurt by all that flying debris. (OF course the kids think all this stuff is exciting...if they only knew!)

Hope you were able to make the most of it. I find after about an hour, I'm over it. I'm worse than the kids sometimes...