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Friday, March 04, 2016

Stormy Weather


We went for a drive in the recent storm.  These are the photos I took.  Mostly from inside the truck.




The photo above shows the rearview mirror reflecting a modern roof top for Weekend Reflections.


This is for Black and White Weekend.



Cars parked watching the storm and wind.


For Scenic Weekend.  Water Scenes.


A freighter far out in the storm, the clouds below for Sky Watch.


This is our seawall at Ogden Point.




Then the sun came out the next day.  These are the rocks at
Cattle Point. Blue sky for Blue Monday. Sorry this is not a very inspiring posting.  I am in a blue blue mood.


It seems to me I find blogs I love, then after a while the blogger decides to quit or dies.  I find the blogging world to be very isolating.  We share our blogs but we never meet.
We become these close blog friends, so close on one level but so very far away.
I feel how separate we all are today. I feel alone on my blog. And no one understands blogging other than you other bloggers. And no one can share my sadness from Tina other than you who are all so far away.

Is there a better way to connect bloggers?  Anyway if you care, you can find me at Facebook and Twitter if you want more. Perhaps there is a forum or Yahoo group.  What do you think? Drop me a comment. Does anyone use Google Friend Connect anymore?

Thank you to each of these meme hosts for allowing bloggers to share their story. Click on any of these links for some great blogs and photos.
Scenic Weekends   The Weekend in Black White  Sky Watch Friday
Weekend Reflections    Blue Monday
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42 comments:

Joyful said...

Hi Nora, you have a lovely series of photos. One can really see how stormy it was with all the huge waves. Stunning scenery. I'm sorry you are feeling so isolated as a blogger. I've only met one blogger pal but hope to meet a few more over the comings months and years. I don't know if you get to Vancouver at all. I so seldom get to the Island. If you find yourself coming this way sometime, shoot me a line and we can get together for coffee or tea in a nice place. Hugs and have a nice weekend. I think your neck of the woods and mine will likely continue to have stormy weather.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I enjoy seeing your part of the world. I'm sorry if you feel alone.Sometimes I think we all get that feeling.I,personally find that the blog and Facebook connect me with so many people,most of which I have never met.I still count them as friends and you are one of those.Have a great weekend.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Beautiful storm shots! Love that dramatic sky.

Linda W. said...

I love the comment "conversations" I have with other bloggers. And I've even met a few of them in person!

ladyfi said...

What beautiful stormy shots. So sad about Tina -- life can be shocking at times.

Suza said...

wonderfulpictures, so amazing to see the storm.
best susa

Fun60 said...

Hi Nora. I know just what you mean. I was surprised about my feelings when I heard of Tina's death. It was as if she was a close friend yet we had never met or spoken and I know nothing of her life. Distance separates us but there does seem to be some kind of bond between bloggers. You took some amazing photos of the storm. Glad you were safe.

Margaret Adamson said...

Boy it does look very stormy but you got great shots of it. I love blogging and yes we will never meet most of the people we have come friends with through blogging however I feel many ofthem really care what is happening in our lives and that means a lot. Now you never know, I am promising someday to visit VAncouver island so perhaps we can meet. Have a wonderful weekend.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Such beautiful storm images along the seacoast!! Wow.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

ps....I am now following you with Friends Connect, but I am also going to add your blog URL to my reading list on my blog's sidebar so I know when you publish a new post.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post.

KaHolly said...

Some pretty amazing captures!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Hi Nora. I understand how you feel. There is a reason I call myself the Hermit Writer.

That first shot is worth a million bucks.

robin andrea said...

Love seeing your stormy skies, reflections, and views from the truck window! All beautiful. I sent a friend request to you on Facebook just now. I'd love to connect with you there too. Even though I've not met most of my blogger friends, we've become friends on Facebook and stay in each other's lives. The very best pen-pals I've ever had the pleasure knowing!

Irene said...

Hi, I'm visiting from "The weekend in black and white" and found your wonderful captures. Great skies!

Irene

Dragonstar said...

Lovely stormy photo!

Taken For Granted said...

That looks like quite a severe storm. I'm glad not to be out in a boat in those waves. My only time on Vancouver Island was in summer with pleasant weather.

Merisi said...

Gorgeous images, magnificent views!
Love how you framed that "cars parked to watch the storm" picture through the windshield.
Cheers,
Merisi

Nora said...

Thanks so much Joyful. I hope we can meet some day. I have not met any other bloggers in person. I just felt like I should quit blogging. I was deciding should I quit or what. So I just put my blog away and left it. I did not even feel like commenting or reading blogs anymore. I guess I will get back to it sometime.

Nora said...

Yes Ruth, I think I was just feeling very weak and then the Tina thing and then some other bloggers said they were leaving. I am not good at connecting anyway.

Nora said...

thanks so much spare parts!

Nora said...

Yes I love the comments, way too much! I want it to go on and on. There are limitations in the format we use at blogger. Perhaps I should try to get to Google+ and see if it suits me better. They do not like my name though.

Nora said...

Hi Ladyfi. Yes it was a shock and now I am sad and sometimes mad! It also is a trigger for other losses.

Nora said...

Thanks Suza, really appreciate your comment.

Nora said...

I think it is because it is not expected. I have leukemia and I expect I have an expiry date. With Tina I just thought I would always read her blog and did not expect her to go before me. I read a lot of blogs and don't always comment on them, but I feel connected to them, expecially the ones who share their passion for nature.

Nora said...

My husband and I have so enjoyed meeting the birders who came from around North America to see the Redwing, (still here). I became facebook friends with one of the birders doing a big year and it is wonderful to follow her travels around the world for her big birding year. Perhaps one day we will meet Margaret.

Nora said...

Hi Anni, I found your personal blog again as my followers was not working for years. I guess I really appreciate the comments on this blog even more now as I know that we all feel the same about so many things.

Nora said...

Thanks so much for following and adding me to the reading list. I have had to add each blog I follow as a link on my reading list as followers was not working and now it starts to work...yeah!

Nora said...

thanks so much Robert, nice to see you here.

Nora said...

Hi there KaHolly, thanks so much for the comment.

Nora said...

Hi Mac, I love how you identify yourself as a hermit, we all know you are a great writer also! I guess writing and blogging are isolating and for hermit like people. But it is nice to get validated with comments and blog friends. I felt this was a really bad posting, the whole post was terrible with terrible photos. I just did not care. These are the worst photos I ever put in my blog in all the years. I had no text at all to give and my photos were dark and dirty. I have given up the idea of always presenting my photos as perfectly beautiful, life is not beautiful so I am going to put in the photos that are really poorly done as well.

Nora said...

Thanks so much for meeting me on Facebook! I must try to post there more now that I can see after my eye operation. (could not see for a year or so). It is wonderful to have Facebook friends!

Nora said...

thanks, I also like your blog.

Nora said...

Thanks so much

Nora said...

thanks for your visit, it usually is nice and warm and sunny here except this year we had a lot of rain.

Nora said...

Thanks for your comment, I thought my pictures were terrible but I was in such a bad mood I put them in anyway. The storm and the dark pictures matched my dark mood exactly. I never put in car pictures but I seem to have lost the ability to put in perfect sunny lovely pictures.

orvokki said...

I love your photos, the first one is my favorite.
It's always nice to see different word as only own.
I'm glad you are my reader, I'm now yours.
Greetings from Finland.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I had trouble getting the comment box to come up for some reason. I love your pictures. They are just gorgeous! I know what you mean about disappearing bloggers.

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Nora, I enjoyed your series of beautiful photos. What a rugged coastline where those homes are. It was so sad to lose Tina and, although I didn't follow the other blogger you mentioned, it is a loss to our blogging family. I still have GFC and although changes were made through Blogger recently I'll still only use it and I also follow some via email. I did lose a few friends because of it but I see some new ones now via GFC and email, including you. Thank you! I will follow you too. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Kathy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your nice comment. I view my blogger friends as a somewhat remote extended family, ones I've never really socialized with and only keep in touch with on a distant basis. Some I feel I know very well, or at least I would want to if I had the opportunity. Although I never had a pen pal when I was a child (that was popular in those days) that's almost the way I look at it. They're someone afar, living in a place I'll probably never go to but it's always nice to call someone a friend, someone you know just a tad better than a stranger walking down the street. It's sad to lose our friends, no matter the level of our friendship. I didn't know Sally but Tina was one of my original blogger friends and I could always count on her for a comment every day. We also emailed back and forth periodically with questions/answers about various things. So I know how you feel. When someone leaves, either intentionally or not, I always feel grateful that they shared some small portion of their lives with me!

P.S. I absolutely loved that first photo of the beautiful homes on the point with the breaking waves!

Nora said...

Hi Pamela, thanks so much for this lovely comment. I am so far behind in my reply to each comment! Thanks for telling me how you follow and thanks for the follow of my blog.

Nora said...

Hi Kathy, yes Tina was one of my original friends on this blog and another blog also. I think we get to know each other quite well on our blogs but it would be nice to have more of a connection so I have added some of the bloggers I know to my facebook and I can also see their blogs there and it is a nice place to get to know bloggers also. There is a large community of bloggers on facebook. Thanks so much for this lovely comment.

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