IMG_7792via Daily Prompt: Exposed

In response to today’s WP prompt, I thought this the perfect shot. A rare, surprise EF-1 tornado ripped through sections of our town in late February, leaving many forested areas suddenly exposed. Nature’s clear cutting, complete with mulch.

While shocking to witness, I see food opportunities for birds such as woodpeckers and future cavity-nesting nesting sites for many species. The tangle provides cover for small animals from larger predators. Young trees that previously competed for sunlight now have an opportunity to grow unhindered. Nature’s recovery is a miraculous process.

Further on, the tornado with winds of 80-110 mph, did cause property damage to several homes, but thankfully, no one was hurt.

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Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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37 Responses to Exposed

  1. Jewels says:

    What a beautiful perspective you have, Eliza. ❤
    So glad no one was hurt.

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Yes, we humans tend to think in terms of human and monetary loss from storms, but the impact on wildlife is equally as tragic.

  3. Rita Pichette says:

    Wow…..this is shocking! I must say, if this had been my yard, I might not have had such a positive take on the events….at least at first! But I guess it gives evidence of Nature’s final say in things.

  4. Cathy says:

    There have been a couple of tornadoes in Germany this year too, but luckily and miraculously with no serious injuries. It is amazing how quickly nature recovers from such damage and creates a new habitat for other species. I wonder what plants will suddenly spring up now they have been given light and space. I am glad you see the positive side too.

  5. Jim R says:

    Even an EF-1 tornado can be very damaging and cause injury and death. Imagine what an EF-5 is like.

    The forest will come back. It will take time, as always. Watch for the changes. Keep us posted.

  6. Kathy Sturr says:

    Wow! I am so glad that wind missed us. I find the most birds in a clearing on the edge of the woods. It is specialized and highly valued habitat!

  7. A little humility would go a long way towards our understanding and cooperation with the Natural World.

  8. Widdershins says:

    Mother Nature at work. 🙂

  9. A great capture of ‘exposed’ Eliza. The recovery in nature is always a miracle. 🍀🍃

  10. Maggie says:

    The power of the wind is wild, such devastation, but it is a time for nature to renew. Much like a forest fire, so devastating, can in the end, beneficial.

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Tornadoes rarely happen here, so everyone was quite surprised. What was amazing was how defined it was – one side of the road was trashed and the other side was fine, nary a branch down.

  12. MK says:

    Your intimate understanding of your plant & animal neighbors gives you an equanimity that would surely have escaped me!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It was shocking to see at first – such destruction, and each time I pass by, I still marvel at the force of nature. But I try to practice seeing the bigger picture and the upside benefit. Nature carries on always. 🙂

  13. Wow, great perspective, through both the camera lens and your personal lens.

  14. At first I thought it was a clearcut – nothing uglier in my book. Wow. Tornado!

  15. Laurie Graves says:

    It’s an ill wind that blows no good?

  16. Brenda says:

    Yikes. I didn’t realize you had a tornado down there. It always seems wrong to hear of New England tornadoes for some reason. They just don’t seem to belong here. At least we have cellars (well, most of us do).

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, we’re not geared to think about them like folks out West. It was totally unexpected and without warning. The forecast expected a front to move through with the usual thunderstorms and minor winds. Surprise!

  17. Steve says:

    We forget in England what the climate is like elsewhere. Thanks

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Steve. The Great Plains have devastating tornadoes every year, I can’t imagine living there, but at least they have a system of sirens to warn people. Seeing floods, droughts, storms and other extreme weather around the globe helps us count our blessings.

  18. Such a perspective…to point out life in the midst of such loss. Nature is amazing. I continued to reflect on this after reading it yesterday. Thank you. 💕

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