Friday, August 26, 2011

The Marsh

The Marsh by linfrye
The Marsh, a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

1/8 Sheet
Arches 140#CP

This wet in wet was done in 15 minutes in an effort to capture that watery, salty, gorgeous marsh that I so love. I suppose I'm a person who prefers quiet to the boisterous crash and splash of the ocean. The blues, siennas and greens, the knowledge that so much of sealife begins and resides in these salt marshes, the smells, the wind, the softer side of things --- all mean "marsh" to me.

Already the winds are beginning to push the waves and water on the ocean side of North Caroliana's coast. Hurricane Irene is expected to affect not just our coast, but New York, Long Island (home of my sisters and mom), Boston .. major cities and homes of thousands of people.

Here at home, we are further west from the coast and are expecting major gusts of wind and about 2"-4" rain (we need that!!) - but it also means power outages and some tree damage, but we should, we pray, avoid the worst. The coast has already begun evacuations... My college, on the edge of the path, is more likely to suffer some kind of damage ... all we can do is wait -- prepare -- and pray. Before I left work yesterday, we walked the Arboretum property getting things put indoors and those outdoors secured. We'll be as ready as we can be.

When I got home yesterday, I began the same walk-about, securing things, removing those items - like tomato cages, loose flower pots, statuary - that might take off and become projectiles in high winds. I've gotten batteries, food, extra water, gasoline for the generator, charged my phone, gassed my car.

I hope we have power on long enough to get my votes in each day!! LOL Thank you for your support and good wishes for the storm.

Stay safe everyone!



Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Oh, yes, stay safe Lin. We are doing the same prep work on L.I. Wow, what is going on with mother nature? First the earthquake in Virginia and all the way up to Canada. I actually felt it here on L.I. That aside, great painting. Love the colors. Well done.

Lorraine said...

Oh that's such a soft serene painting. So relaxing. Wish I were there!!

It does seem strange to have such a lengthy (in terms of miles) earthquake, followed by such a lengthy (in miles) hurricane within just a few days. But then it's been an unusual couple of years for catastrophic weather. I heard an explanation of why this is so on NPR yesterday but for the life of me I can't remember much of it.

Hugs and stay safe,

Katiejane said...

Stay safe. Here's hoping you feel nothing major and that your family fares well also. I hope they can go inland and stay away from Irene. I'll be watching it all unfold on the Weather Channel.

Joan said...

Hope the storm isnt as bad as they are saying. Nature has a lot of power!

Love the one of the flowers below as well as this. Super!