Oh boy. I'm actually afraid to ask. I hope everyone was ok...
There were some injuries and a few deaths, including a cousin-in-law. She had just had a baby and was trying to protect the baby. I took this photo after the April 27, 2011 tornado that went through Birmingham. It used to be a neighborhood.
Compelling photo!Mary Alice
Thank you Mary Alice. It was not a pretty site.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one leaves me with only silence! You touched on some very raw emotion, which is something I have trouble capturing! Well done! =)
Thank you so much Christine. And you are right, there is just not much to say! Hugs! PS...got the book and THANK YOU!!
Hi,Storms are rolling in here in Wisconsin.We drove through Joplin, MO a year after the awful tornado and you could still see so much.Prayers to all,Carla
I hate tornadoes…their paths are just so unpredictable and tornadoes are one of my biggest fears!. This happened right before Joplin. All just so devastating. I hate to hear the sirens….
One minute everything is fine, and then in a heartbeat a life changes forever. Your photograph shows that so vividly, Benita.
Thank you Dewena. And you are right, that is exactly how it goes. It always makes me so sad when the sun comes out right after a tornado. It's like it isn't right for the sun to shine after such devastation!
Such sadness and devestastion captured in a photo .....Great but gut wrenching work Benita, Hug's TT
Thank you Tammy! It was so very sad, so many homes destroyed. There was not much left of possessions either. Hugs!!
You captured the rawness of a disaster.
It was indeed raw. I like that term, it fits. Sadly, most everyone left and didn’t bother to rebuild.
Wow this is a serious picture. It is amazing what storms can do. Great shot.Kris
Thank you Kris. Tornadoes are just the worst!!
Oh, it looks so silent and eerie! So sad too, for what had once been.
It was very eerie….this was a subdivision not far from my previous home in Alabama.
Benita,Growing up in rural Alabama, we had a storm cellar dug into the red clay hillside under a cotton field where we took shelter many times. No sirens or weather-alert radio-like boxes in my youth. Fortunately, my Alabama family members have those devices now to warn them of the danger. Startling photo that captures the heartache of a tornado on many levels.Judith
Judith, so glad to “see” you! Still thinking about and praying for you all!We did have sirens and when we heard them we would run to the basement and crouch in the little cubby hole underneath the back porch. I’ve seen 3 horrible tornadoes…..the one that destroyed Guin in 1977 (we had trees through our windows during that round of tornadoes), the F5 that came through Pleasant Grove and McDonald’s Chapel in 1998, and this one in 2011. All wiped out entire neighborhoods. In 1998, I drove through the McDonald’s Chapel area. There were concrete slabs where houses used to be, with a mailbox out front – totally undamaged.
That is the number one reason I moved back to this side of the country. Those things scared me to death.(((hugs)))
Me too, girl, me too! I hate them!! Hugs!!
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