On our Sunday drive to meet up with family in Keene, NH, we drove through part of the region hit by last weekend’s ice storm. This is New England. I’ve lived through ice storms, earth quakes, forest fires, tornados and severe thunderstorms that dumped six inches of hail and washed out roads. I’ve lived through the Blizzard of ’78 and through the April 2003 snow storm that left 4 feet of wet snow in Denver. Yes, Ma Nature can be hard.
It is easy for me to find beauty in this. We only got two inches of rain in Gloucester. In the region where the ice storm hit, there are folks that are still without power. I send them my best wishes.
When I shot these photos, the air was perfumed with the smell of evergreen. It was then I realized the extent of the damage. Driving across Rt 2 we saw numerous utility trucks heading towards the area. The air was filled with the sounds of buzzing chainsaws as people brought order back from the chaos.
As we drove through small towns between Princeton, Massachusetts and Keene New Hampshire, there were downed power lines, uprooted trees and streetlights malfunctioning. This is without a doubt the worst ice storm that I have ever seen.
New Englanders are a hardy bunch. Without a doubt, as some point, each and every one of us will marvel at the beauty.
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