Today we were hit by this year’s first autumn storm, and the most severe storm in the Netherlands since 1990.
Although I’d planned to go shopping for some groceries in the morning, I decided to change those plans when I found out we had a severe weather warning. I didn’t particularly fancy getting hit on the head by a falling tree – or even just a branch. Thanks, but no, rather not.
However, when the storm was over, I figured I could go out safely, and so I did. After all, it’s just not healthy having to stay inside all day. Besides. I was getting moody. I wanted to breathe in the cold autumn air and feel the wind tug at my hair. I happen to actually like this weather, and have been known to go out for nice long walks in the pouring rain, just for the sheer fun of it.
Although I’d secretly hoped to find some storm damage that I could capture on my camera, there was none. Not on my way to the grocery.
I did get to take pictures of a gorgeous sky, though.
And do you see that trolley bus?
Guess what? The trolley buses in our city were in trouble because of the storm. The wind made the wiring sweep like the branches of a tree, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if some of the wiring broke. All I can say is, I’m glad I didn’t have to take a bus anywhere. It’s no fun when your bus gets stuck because it gets disconnected from the wiring.
Wait! Did I really spot a lonely victim of the storm?
Or was it vandalism? Probably the latter. Bikes are a popular target of vandalism in my country, probably because they are everywhere, and really, it’s so much fun to wreck someone’s bike, isn’t it?
When I left the shop with my groceries, it was getting dark already, and the sky was even more beautiful than just 15 minutes earlier.
Gorgeous colours, don’t you think?
So I decided to take a little detour and see if I could take even more pictures. And I got lucky!
Again, I was reminded of how fortunate I am to live in the city, and yet so close to nature. How many city dwellers will be able to step outside their houses and be surrounded by nature mere minutes away from their homes? How many will be able to take such nice nature pictures with so little effort?
I really should go out with my camera more often.