Idyllic Peace

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When you think of peace, what do you envision? For many it would be a garden. I am not a gardener, but I appreciate beauty wherever I find it. And it can be found at nearly any season at Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, GA. Each season has its different delights for the eye, but I think fall is my favorite.

With all that is going on in our country with the upcoming election, with the hatred and prejudice that led a man to kill worshipers at a synagogue in Pittsburg, with another crazed individual shipping pipe bombs all over the country…I think we could all use a bit of peace and calm. So, for the next few days, I’ll be sharing more pictures from Gibbs Gardens that I took this past weekend. And, in order to give myself even a bit more peace, we’ll be going back again early this coming Saturday to find more of it and try to capture it for you.

Today’s picture highlights some of the reflections we were able to capture this past weekend. The water was perfectly still, reflecting the plants, trees, skies, rocks and banks of the pond near the Japanese garden. Relax, take some deep breaths, and find some peace in your busy life!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1991, the so-called “perfect storm” hit the North Atlantic producing remarkably large waves along the New England and Canadian coasts. Over the next several days, the storm spread its fury over the ocean off the coast of Canada. The fishing boat Andrea Gail and its six-member crew were lost in the storm. The disaster spawned the best-selling book The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger and a blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name.

On October 27, Hurricane Grace formed near Bermuda and moved north toward the coast of the southeastern United States. Two days later, Grace continued to move north, where it encountered a massive low pressure system moving south from Canada. The clash of systems over the Atlantic Ocean caused 40-to-80-foot waves on October 30—unconfirmed reports put the waves at more than 100 feet in some locations. This massive surf caused extensive coastal flooding, particularly in Massachusetts; damage was also sustained as far south as Jamaica and as far north as Newfoundland.

The storm continued to churn in the Atlantic on October 31; it was nicknamed the “Halloween storm.” It came ashore on November 2 along the Nova Scotia coast, then, as it moved northeast over the Gulf Stream waters, it made a highly unusual transition into a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center made the decision not to name the storm for fear it would alarm and confuse local residents. It was only the eighth hurricane not given a name since the naming of hurricanes began in 1950.

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