Idyllic Peace, #5 (Final)


OK. So as of tonight, all the noise and hullabaloo about the election will come to an end…at least until after the results are know and then folks will start coming up with excuses for why their side lost and charges about why the other side won. I’m frankly about ready to buy ear plugs and to switch off. I’m sick of the entire mess…and heartbroken about how ugly things have gotten in our country. I hope that regardless of the outcome, we can all start to be more civil toward one another. But I digress…

This is the final of the Idyllic Peace images that have been intended to help calm you as we got through the last few days of the election cycle. Obviously, the sun was higher in the sky by the time I shot this image last weekend, but it did crisp up some of the colors – especially in the reflections on the water. Dead calm…perfect reflections. Just like I like it!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1977, the Toccoa Falls Dam in Georgia gave way and 39 people died in the resulting flood.

Ninety miles north of Atlanta, the Toccoa (Cherokee for “beautiful”) Falls Dam was constructed of earth across a canyon in 1887, creating a 55-acre lake 180 feet above the Toccoa Creek. In 1911, R.A. Forrest established the Christian and Missionary Alliance College along the creek below the dam. According to legend, he bought the land for the campus from a banker with the only $10 dollars he had to his name, offering God’s word that he would pay the remaining $24,990 of the purchase price later.

Sixty-six years later on November 5, a volunteer fireman inspected the dam and found everything in order. However, just hours afterward, in the early morning of November 6, the dam suddenly gave way. Water thundered down the canyon and creek, approaching speeds of 120 miles per hour.

Although there was a tremendous roar when the dam broke, the residents of the college had no time to evacuate. Within minutes, the entire community was slammed by a wave of water. One woman managed to hang onto a roof torn from a building and ride the wave of water for thousands of feet. Her three daughters, however, were not so fortunate: They were among the 39 people who lost their lives in the flood.

First lady Rosalyn Carter (who was from Georgia) visited the college to offer her support in the wake of the tragedy. She later wrote, “Instead, I was enveloped by hope and courage and love.” – This Day in History, The History Channel

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: during the 1872 election, presidential incumbent Ulysses S. Grant ran against a corpse. His opponent, Horace Greeley, died before the election was finalized. Grant won the election.


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