Note: All these images were taken with a 300mm zoom lens and most were further enlarged once downloaded to my computer. Never tempt Mother Nature!
Irene was pegged by the experts as one of the most dangerous hurricanes to hit the northeast. Cities shut down, airlines flew their planes to safer airports and trains sat idle. Here in Gloucester boat owners scrambled to haul out while others like me prepped our boats best we could. By daybreak the wind caught up with the rain bans turning the sea into a frenzy. Bumper to bumper traffic of "rubber neckers" headed to the shore. The only thing missing was the street vendors, they would have done a great business! But it never ceases to amazes me of those who play chicken with nature. Never a smart thing to do. In the end we dodged a bullet, yes some trees were down and there was spotty power failures but all in all we survived just fine.
Playing chicken with Irene!
Dragging the kids through the gauntlet!
"Stand next to the wave"!
Now I'm getting worried.
Yes I kindly told dad the dangers of having his kids so close.
Tons of water, nothing to play with.
Now this is dangerous!
Taking pictures much too close! About a minute later a baseball size stone landed nearby!
Police show up to warn the onlookers.
The only thing missing is the hull!
Steering through heavy weather!
Sitting on the bench and getting drenched!
My boat did just fine.
And so did the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory....It's still there!
And so is Rudy's boat! She held up fine Rudy!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!