The Calm Before the Storm


064Point Defiance Park Japanese Garden

I ventured out to Point Defiance Park on Wednesday of this week. The day was one of those overcast, calm and so still, autumn days that I just love. It was, literally, the calm before the storms that were approaching off the Pacific coastline that were scheduled to hit this weekend.  I wanted to check out the leaf color conditions of the Japanese maple trees in the park’s gardens. Some of the leaves were quite colorful while others were just getting started. Many of the flower beds had been already dug up, a few blooms scattered here and there. The mighty dahlia was still standing tall with its beautiful blooms, but you could tell that they were on their last legs, so to speak.  I wonder how many would be left after the big blow this weekend. It’s already started last night, with torrential rainfalls and gusty winds. The worst is yet to come on Saturday, with expected gusts of up to 70 mph in the region. Woe to the leaves on the trees! Woe to the any still standing flowers! I feel this weather system will put an end to anymore of my floral photography excursions. The dahlia flower images below may be the last ones you’ll see until next summer. Enjoy!










All photos property of Peggy A Thompson

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11 Responses to The Calm Before the Storm

  1. humanity777 says:

    Stunning color…

  2. Gunta says:

    Stay safe. This one is supposed to be a whopper! Though perhaps not so bad where you are!
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    • You, too, stay safe! I see where a tornado touched down in Tillamook County and did quite a bit of damage to buildings. I pray that this storm will not be as horrendous as the weather forecasters are saying it will be. But, in any case, yes it will be bad! And yes, I know that the coast always gets hit the worst. Here in the Puget Sound region, we are expecting 60 mph gusts at least.

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  4. They are beautiful. I’ve seen mention in the news this morning about a tornado in Oregon. Stay safe!

  5. Great variety of rich colours!

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