Remembering The Flood
This photo was taken in Vermont – a very pretty view of the river. The waters were so shallow, unusually shallow – true because of the little snow we had this year on the east coast. What this photo doesn’t show is the devastation of the river bed, surrounding fields, homes, roads, and woods all along the river that remain forever damaged by Hurricane Irene (August 2011). I was so surprised to see the extensiveness of damage from the floods. You watch the news, see photos, hear interviews, but you really don’t get a glimpse of reality like being there and seeing it with your own eyes – a very unexpected part of this trip. The riverbeds (which really look like streams to me) have new rock formations, new flows, and new tree lines – all beautiful, but when you talk to the people, they speak with remembering of the reality of how it was. There is a bittersweetness, sometimes even bitterness in some of their voices – for most not so.
When I looked at this photo I thought how a little growth, color, beauty, can complement change and help new realities to be ok. So if there are places of sadness, devastation, pain, I hope today you can bring a little color into your life, step outside and ponder new growth, and see – gaze upon something beautiful – it only takes 17 seconds to change your vibrational energy inside. Enjoy.
- After The Flood, Recovery Season (wallstreetpit.com)