Apologies for being absent, my travels to Texas left me with a wicked summer cold so I was down and out pretty much all last week. But I'm almost back to normal, and since my travel camera got dunked in a Boundary Waters lake twice, I am now sporting a new camera, a fun Nikon V1, and had to get out and play with it.
As I was flying home from Texas, my home was experiencing lots of storms. (Needless to say I wasn't overly thrilled at getting into airplanes knowing I was flying into the storms - but I have moderate faith that if the flight doesn't get cancelled it'll land somewhere - and I really wanted to get home even if it was midnight on Friday night.)
And indeed there were storms. The straight-line winds were so strong that my husband said they spent an hour in the tornado shelter at work.
So today I ran out an photographed some of the damage.
(There was one photo that remained untaken. The bugs, these weird long, skinny, bent bugs were in the grass by the thousands. I braved them a couple times, but on the drive home as I saw this neat arrangements of three or four very large trees, all pulled up from their roots, lying on their sides all in a row. But when we pulled over on the grass the millions of bugs came up out of the grass, I just couldn't make myself get out - and I would have had to walk maybe 1/10 of a mile into a golf course.)
But I had fun getting the shots I got. The bent billboard is my favorite. That was some wind!