Our farm in Southeastern North Carolina is about 45 air miles from the Atlantic. We’ve seen a lot of storms here. From Nor’easters to tornadoes to hurricanes. Where most people check their local weather every morning, we check in with the National Hurricane Center. I’d been tracking Hurricane Irma since it formed up off Africa. When it reached the Central Atlantic, with another storm, Jose, right behind it, we decided to get moving. I spent about a week clearing out drainage ditches, preparing generators, stocking up on gasoline, non-perishable food…all the things on everyone’s Hurricane Prepare List. Fittingly, perhaps, we’ve been getting a rash of nasty weather unrelated to Irma for the past couple of weeks. It served as a reminder to get ready for the big show IF…… As you might surmise, there hasn’t been a lot of time for photography other than a few shots of some rather dramatic sky shots in the fields, a taste perhaps of what might be ahead.
I keep a two gallon zip lock freezer bag in my camera bag for rainy days and it got a nice workout for the shots in the cotton field taken during light rain. I put the camera in the bag and close the bag until it is snug around the lens. Works great. Even though two of my cameras are water resistant according to Nikon, why take chances?
As it turned out, Irma stayed away from our coast, and so far, Jose has seen fit to dance around in the Atlantic just south of Bermuda. I have little doubt there will be other storms before the long hurricane season is over at the end of November. Just this morning, I noticed another suspect forming up off the coast of Africa. As Mr. Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s Over.” Stay alert. Be Ready and above all Be Safe. See you next time.