One Man’s Tragedy…is Another Man’s Treasure / Art of a Superstorm
A Sign of Things to Come, Deerfield Beach, FL 2012
Collateral Breakers, Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, FL 2012
From personal experience I understand and sympathize with those affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy. Living in South Florida I survived the outskirts of Hurricane Andrew and a ground zero hit from Hurricane Wilma. I know what it is to re-build and that it takes years to reach “normalcy” because of the enormity of the situation.
So, when I am lucky enough to have a storm go by without it being a direct hit, I am drawn to the ocean and get as close to it as possible in order to photograph the Seascapes it creates. That’s exactly what I did to commemorate my 55th Birthday last week. We headed to the beach to see what Sandy was packing and walked out onto the Deerfield Pier where only the heartiest fisherman braved the powerful winds and fierce intermittent rain squalls. We were out at the Pier’s end as the wind and rain bands blasted away from the storm and toward the beach, causing the fisherman to crouch in front of the wooden benches for some, albeit limited, cover. The force of the wind was so strong that I had to hold on to the railings to anchor myself while trying to capture focused images without destroying my camera. Blocking the rain with my body and covering my camera with plastic, my rain coat, and a now demolished umbrella, I caught the first image above, A Sign of Things to Come. Although this definitely lets you appreciate the power of Mother Nature, we are quite experienced in these storms and (hopefully) know the limits of what is safe… so definitely don’t try this at home.
As for the second image above, we followed the storm as it traveled north and photographed the sunrise at Coral Cove Park in Tequesta, Florida on Jupiter Island http://bit.ly/SyI9dQ. By then the storm was creating 20 foot waves that could be seen breaking farther out to sea than any of the locals had ever witnessed before. Later in the day we had to leave the beach on Hutchinson Island because the winds were so strong the pelting sand stung like BBs. I knew it was time to leave when my 6′, 200 lb. (plus) body was being lifted off the ground.
After feeling the effects of the outskirts of the storm, I did send notice to those in my social network stratosphere of how powerful she was, even from hundreds of miles out to sea. Clearly, it was a sign of things to come.
For me, this storm allowed for the creation of some treasured images …while for so many others it caused such great tragedy.
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