Sunday, April 15, 2012

Serene (and Not-So-Serene) Scenery Sunday

Woo, everypup and everycat.  It's me, Dave.  I've got some serene pictures to show you today ... and some that really aren't too serene, but Mom went outside to take them anyway.  Let's start with the pleasant ones!

Our rose bush is blooming!

DSCN3451 Rose

Also in bloom is our Yorktown Snowflower Tree:

DSCN3456 Yorktown Snow Flower Tree

Here's a close-up of the "snow":

DSCN3459 Yorktown Snow Flower Tree blooms

It is whiter than that today, but we have 45 mph wind gusts and Mom can't get a good picture of it right now. Oh... and see how it's sort of overcast in the picture of the whole tree? As you may have heard, we had lots of dangerous storms in our area yesterday. Things started getting exciting for us around sunset. Let's take a look at the skies at around seven thirty:

IMG_7583 14 APR 12 storms

That was a huge, tornado-bearing storm that had just left Salina and was skirting west of us. Here it is, closer, but going past us:

DSCN3466 14 APR 12 storms

It was a wild, dangerous, crazy storm. Look at what it started doing about half an hour later:

IMG_7592 14 APR 12 storms

Mom had never seen a cloud formation quite like that, and was out there on the deck a long time studying it! (At least that's what I heard; Zim and I were napping guarding the living room.) Here's a close-up:

DSCN3468 14 APR 12 storms

Don't worry - Mom and Dad were following the storms very closely on radar, and were tuned in to the local meteorology teams' reports.  Mom would not have gone out if a tornado was heading our way.  Safety first!

There were about 100 tornadoes reported across the Midwest yesterday and overnight, with lots of hail and high winds.  While we are very thankful that we were spared the brunt of the storms, our prayers go out to those who were hit and mourn the loss of lives in Oklahoma.

Things are back to normal for us today - just a mighty brisk wind out there.

IMG_7551 Zim and Dave
"Good day for a short walk, huh, Zim?!!?"

Have a serene Sunday, everyone!  And please know that we appreciate all the good thoughts and prayers for us during the stormy weather!

Luv,
Dave

20 comments:

  1. Oh man! I don't ever want to see a swirling sky like that. I am so glad your are all OK and the bad weathers did not visit your estate.

    Slobbers,
    mango

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  2. Those clouds are beautiful but a big scary
    Snuggles,
    Benny & Lily

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  3. Glad to hear you are all safe from yesterday's storms. Those cloud pictures are fascinating, but scary at the same time! Your rose is beautiful though.

    Cindy & Nina

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  4. glad you guys are safe - those were some great pictures. purrs to everyone that got caught in the storms.

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  5. Those clouds gave our mommy goose bumps! She was up late last night watching the radar on the internet since the "red cells" were over all the towns we didn't want them over including Manhattan. We're glad you are okay!

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  6. Sure glad you are safe. What fascinating pictures of the sky. My MOM would have been out there too taking pictures.
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  7. WOwzers, that was some cloud formation! we've never seen one like that either! We're glad woo are safe, mom worked the ay of the storms, but she was sending "protection vibes" to that part o' the country!
    Your flowers are way ahead of ours... thanks fur sharing !

    jack & moo

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  8. That sky looks scary, stay safe! You don't want to end up in Oz and be named Toto

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  9. Our CT news never reported any tornado activity and mom is po'd. We just happen to think that this is important stuff to report! Simmer down, mom.
    Your sky photos are just incredible!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch

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  10. gorgeous flowers, Dave! the clouds are beautiful and scary at the same time. We were thinkin about you guys. Purrs,

    Pip, Smidgen, minnie, Hollie

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  11. Those storms looked scary. I'm so glad you're all okay.

    Huffs

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  12. It's SO windy here too. We didn't even get any rain. So glad that you stayed safe!

    xoxo,

    NOra

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  13. That was a very POWERFUL bank of clouds. I am so very glad that you are safe and sound. SCARY!!

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  14. Hi Guys!! Wow that's some cloud!!
    Glad you're okay!
    The flower really puts a smile on mom's face!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    Cheers,
    Maxx

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  15. Those flowers are simply gorgeous - love the "snow"!!! But the clouds scare us to pieces with worry about yous all. Looks like frightening (but gorgeous) skies, boys... And yessssss - that was a kong on a rope that Sammie was bringin' in! Love 'em!
    xoxoxo
    Sammie and Avalon
    PS... stay safe

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  16. Oh, yeah!
    Serene and not so serene!
    I am happy to know the storms were not close to you all!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  17. Woo Dave and Zim!
    I jest had to have Maw check in on your blog to make sure woo is all safe.

    We was watching da news on all dem swirly tornadoes headin' your way.

    Glad woo is safe.
    Your pal,
    Biloxi

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  18. Glad you are all safe! That weather that came through the midwest was terrible! We always worry about all our pup friends when there are storms in their areas. Extra kisses to the most handsome boys we know!

    Holly and Khady

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  19. Do you pups have a storm bunker? Mom has been researching them in case we move back to Texas. None of the homes their have basements, so she thinks we need a two person, two dog, one cat bunker. I'm not sure we need to add on the cat part.

    Kat

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  20. The Snowflower Tree so delicate looking. Oh your skies were pretty scary, so glad you all are safe.

    The silvers and more

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