A Study in Contrasts

_MG_8984Ah, the south at its best!  I shot this photo at Twin Lakes (we are staying at Twin Lakes RV Park while we’re in the Atlanta area) a mere 4 days ago. It was a beautiful morning, the weather of the prior week when Atlanta had been shut down by a storm growing faint in the rear-view mirror. We hoped that the severe winter weather was done for this winter.

Alas, it was not to be. It started raining during the night last night and then I noticed at some point that the rain had stopped. Little did I know that the reason the sound of the rain had gone away was because the rain had turned to snow. When I got up this morning, snow was on the ground. It snowed into the afternoon before it quit., with flakes as large as 1.5-2″ drifting steadily downward in the still air. And now, if you’ve watched the national news tonight, the weather folk are forecasting a potential “catastrophic” storm. There is supposed to be snow, but it will mingle with some cold ground temperatures and an ice storm is now forecast…in Georgia!!!! What?!?!?!?!

Here’s a photo I shot this morning of my bride and our dog while the snow was still falling at the same lake in the photo above. My, how things change!!!!

SM_MG_9031I think maybe next year I’ll winter in Greenland!!!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: on this day in 1861, President-elect Abraham Lincoln left home in Springfield, Illinois, and embarked on his journey to Washington, D.C.

On a cold, rainy morning, Lincoln boarded a two-car private train loaded with his family’s belongings, which he himself had packed and bound. His wife, Mary Lincoln, was in St. Louis on a shopping trip, and joined him later in Indiana. It was a somber occasion. Lincoln was leaving his home and heading into the maw of national crisis. Since he had been elected, seven Southern states had seceded from the Union. Lincoln knew that his actions upon entering office would likely lead to civil war. He spoke to a crowd before departing: “Here I have lived a quarter of a century, and have passed from a young man to an old man. Here my children have been born, and one is buried. I now leave, not knowing when, or whether ever, I may return, with a task before me greater than that which rested upon Washington. Without the assistance of that Divine Being… I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail… To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell.”

A bystander reported that the president-elect’s “breast heaved with emotion and he could scarcely command his feelings.” Indeed, Lincoln’s words were prophetic—a funeral train carried him back to Springfield just over four years later.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  the Second Congo War, which began in 1998 and involved eight African nations, is the largest war in African history. An estimated 5.4 million people died as a result of the war and its aftermath, making it the deadliest worldwide conflict since World War II. The war officially ended in 2006, but hostilities still continue today.

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