Hurricane Season

September 27, 2017

BW photograph of a bike rack flooded by Hurricane Jose at Bethany Beach.

Copyright 2017 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

This is a photo essay showing the standing water that remained a couple of days after having been left by Hurricane Jose as it passed by Bethany Beach.  Jose remained off the coast, and so this part of the world was spared the massive damage generated by the 2017 Hurricane Season (thus far).  Such is not the case for other parts of the mainland U.S. and several of the islands in the Caribbean.

BW photograph of the Hurricane Jose's flooding of Bethany Beach.

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BW photograph of the Hurricane Jose's flooding of Bethany Beach.

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BW photograph of the Hurricane Jose's flooding of Bethany Beach.

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BW photograph of a flooded storm drain in Bethany Beach.

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NPR’s 1A broadcast a program dedicated to the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico.  This discussion addressed the breadth and depth of the humanitarian, political, economic, and social issues generated by this disaster.  Several important historical points that have contributed to the current crisis are included.  Mr. Johnson’s opening lines encapsulate what follows.

Take care.

UPDATE:  This link addresses The Jones Act mentioned in the above discussion, and this link provides more details regarding the extreme hardships being experienced in Puerto Rico.

 

 

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Fall 2017

September 20, 2017

BW photograph of fall debris.

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The official start of Fall 2017 is right around the corner.

BW photograph of a foggy river.

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As last week closed, the days generally started with decidedly cooler temperatures.

This week, though, has seen a return to more summeresque conditions-higher temperatures and humidity.  The week also brought a continuation of natural disasters:  Hurricane Jose has created some disruption for the Mid-Atlantic, and Hurricane Maria has torn up several countries on her march westward.  Time will tell if she is destined for the U.S.

Violent weather patterns are not the only issue as we make this transition:  Mexico had a 7.1 earthquake.

Hurricane season officially ends on November 30.  There is no “season” for earthquakes-they are the result of geology.  Such quakes are not unique to Mexico-in 2015, Nepal experienced a 7.8 quake.  The U.S. is still waiting for “The Really Big One”.

Just as human lifestyles have contributed to climate change and the subsequent increase in massive storms, not to mention our propensity to drain wetlands and build close to shorelines, which makes the infrastructure more susceptible to flooding and storm surges; human activity also plays a role in some earthquakes and the subsequent damage done.  Part of this is due to the location and the manner in which buildings are constructed-the latter point is especially true for less developed countries-but here in the U.S., many are related to our energy production needs/methods-please read this and this.

Condolences to all who continue to suffer through these catastrophic events.

Take care.

 

Passing Time

June 28, 2017

BW photograph of the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountain Range-first in a series.

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BW photograph of the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountain Range-second in a series.

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BW photograph of the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountain Range-third in a series.

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BW photograph of the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountain Range-fourth in a series.

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Watching the sun set is a particularly good way to spend time.  This is looking west from the Sky View Observatory, which is in the Columbia Center in Seattle, WA.  The Seattle Needle is visible in the lower right corner of some of the photographs-that provides a perspective on the height of the Columbia Center.  The Olympic mountain range forms the horizon.

Take care.

Time

June 15, 2017

BW photograph of a boarding house at Oregon Ridge looking west.

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Time is a frequent subject of this blog.  The photograph above is one of the bachelor boarding houses at Oregon Ridge-a structure I have been photographing for well over a decade now, maybe two.  This is a view looking west.

BW photograph of a boarding house at Oregon Ridge looking east.

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One of the reasons for repeatedly writing about time is because there are so many markers of its passage.  This is a view looking east.  Over that decade +, this once somewhat elegant-in-its-utility structure has certainly decayed.  The renewal and growth of the late spring/early summer flora provides significant contrast and calls attention to the consequences of time.  At some point, this foundation will no longer able to support itself and will then need some type of brace/reinforcement or it will crumble.

Much like us as we, too, grow older.

Take care.

Age

December 7, 2016

BW photograph of an abandoned mill.

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The current year is rapidly drawing toward a close, and the new one will soon arrive.  Along the way, we have gotten older.  Wiser is a matter of perspective.

BW photograph of a Master lock on a rusted hasp.

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Many issues will carry over from 2016 into 2017, and exactly what comes with the change in the calendar has yet to be revealed.  We have certainly laid the groundwork for a bit of a rough go, yet there is reason to be hopeful.

BW photograph of a water bottle laying atop dried autumn leaves.

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2016 was certainly one for the books in terms of global violence (although Steven Pinker would argue that there were much more violent periods in human history), the rancorous election season (although, again, there have been others that could be considered as nasty), and most certainly as one that will be the overall warmest on record (which also makes this conversation one to follow).

In relation to the above points, and one that provides that glimmer of hope, is the Army Corps of Engineers having recently denied the final permit for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  This decision highlights the value of committed protest.  Such diligence and efforts will most certainly be needed going forward as the incoming administration has vowed to review that decision, along with the previously denied Keystone XL pipeline.

Wood rots, steel rusts, leaves decay, but plastic lasts forever.

We need to do our part.

Take care.

108

August 16, 2016

BW photograph of the sun rising onto Harbour East in Baltimore, Md.

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The forecast for today in the Baltimore/Washington region called for temperatures in the high 90s with a heat index of 108 degrees.  I do not know if we hit that mark, but it sure was hot and humid.  A fairly decent thunderstorm rolled though during the afternoon.

BW photograph of the East Promenade in Portland, Maine

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Temperatures were in the 90s with high humidity in Southern Maine over this past weekend as well.  The above photograph is from the East Promenade, which is in Portland, Maine.  It was made on Friday when it was quite uncomfortable to be outside.

BW photograph of Front Street in Bath, Maine.

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A bit of rain fell early on Saturday, which made for pleasant walking in the downtown area of Bath, Maine.  However, the thermostat registered into the mid-80s with a return of the humidity on Sunday.  That was not so pleasant.

“Decent”, “uncomfortable” and “not so pleasant” are, of course, relative terms.  A thousand miles away from Baltimore, flooding in Southern Louisiana has reached proportions exceeding those which occurred during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  Going a bit more than 2500 miles west from Baltimore, the Clayton wildfire is burning in Northern California.  A man suspected of arson has been arrested in connection with that fire.

It is important to remember that weather is local and transient.  Climate change is enduring and global.  As documented here in an article entitled “Hottest ever June marks 14th month of record-breaking temperatures”, we are now in a very long run of high temperatures that are definitely not localized.  The wildfires in California are symptomatic of the years-long historic drought in that part of the country.  We are now moving into the prime of hurricane season for this part of the world.

Yes, it is hot, humid, and dry, except for where and when it isn’t.

Take care.

 

Time/Age

August 10, 2016

BW photograph of the remains of the first Bachelor Boarding House at Oregon Ridge.

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As time moves on, all things age.

Whether that results in a decrease in performance or appearance, really does depend on the degree of maintenance applied.  For example, Michael Phelps has now won 25 medals, 21 gold, over a span of four Olympics.  Much work has been done in order to make that happen.

BW photograph of the remains of the second Bachelor Boarding House at Oregon Ridge.

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On the other hand, the photographs here are from Oregon Ridge, a park I have visited many, many times and have documented over the past decades.  There is not much left of the Boarding House buildings now, time and age have exacted their toll, as there has been minimal effort applied to their upkeep.  If interested, there are multiple posts about Oregon Ridge through the years herein-click on the “Architecture” link to the right to find them.

I am usually accompanied by a sense of melancholy when walking around Oregon Ridge-it is a place that, for me, makes time and age an acute experience.

Take care.