One Word Photo Challenge: Hurricane – a Sheepish Serendipitous Story


Jennifer from Jennifer Nichole Wells has asked us for hurricane images.  I came across this poor weather beaten tree at Frimley Park.  It looks like it has been bent over in heavy winds as it was growing with no protection for the elements.

Actually there is a sheepish story for this challenge – so this is for you Marilyn at SERENDIPITY.

Last March New Zealand faced their own version of a hurricane –

I was really worried as it Cyclone Pam had already devastated Vanuatu and it was heading towards New Zealand.  I was posting weather updates twice daily.  Civil Defence had been activated for Hawke’s Bay where I lived.  Shops had been emptied out as people expected the power to go out etc.  I didn’t go to that extent but yes, I was worried.  My son and I braced for the worse.

So the Monday morning arrived.  It was raining heavily.  No wind, just rain.  I had my camera ready to get some really awesome shots. So I was ready.

And ready. And…….


Just the heavy rain.  But other parts of the country was hit with the heavy winds and rains with flooding.  Mostly up north and in the Bay of Plenty.

So I had got myself worked up and prepared for just a really bad wet Monday.

I did manage to go to Napier to get some shots of the wild surf:

Now that was windy.  It was hard to stand  up straight and take some good photos.  Even the  other foolhardy, intrepid photographers there for the surf struggled with their tripods.

But the moral of this story is:

Be prepared.  You never know what will happen.  Even if nothing happens.  You are prepared.

One Word Photo Challenge: Hurricane


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Copyright Raewyn Forbes


6 thoughts on “One Word Photo Challenge: Hurricane – a Sheepish Serendipitous Story”

  1. Yesterday, we were told that we were in the path of a tornado. The weather map showed us as right underneath it. But … it didn’t happen. I don’t know what we could have done about it anyway. We don’t have a basement and there’s nowhere to go. Hurricanes? Been through a bunch of them, but they are usually weak by the time they get this far north. Hurricane Sandy was a big one a few years ago … but it missed us. Glad you haven’t been hit by anything either. Thanks for joining the party 🙂

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    1. Thanks Marilyn. It is the weather events that are so sudden that there is no warning – we call them weather bombs here. We do get tornadoes here but they are so rare that there is absolutely no warning.


  2. Great shot of that beautiful tree Raewyn. It must be terrible to be stuck in a hurricane. When we have heavy rains and wind here, I always worry about the monkeys and birds outside. Love the moral of the story. Well said. 😀 ♥


  3. Good you were prepared, but that you didn’t have any disastrous effects to deal with. The wave images you were able to capture were great. I can imagine how difficult it was holding still in all that wind! I love this tree for this prompt as well. It looks like it’s stood strong against all that has come it’s way.


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