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A Touch of Frost

A Touch of Frost

Today dawned cold and frosty but it was soon replaced by rain. I sometimes think we've
been cursed by the weather department and will eventually sink into the Atlantic ocean
due to the amount of rain we get.
Generally speaking our weather is relatively benign, miserable yes, but catastrophic, no.
This year, however, many parts of the country experienced record rainfall at the end of November and the
mopping up operation is continuing. Hundreds of families are still out of their homes
with no prospect of moving back in for Christmas, while farmers and business people are counting
the cost of flood damage. Having experienced flooding twice in the past 30 years, I can truly empathise
with those families whose homes have been flooded and have seen precious belongings destroyed by
the floodwaters.
The only silver lining which can be seen in times like this is in the comfort of strangers. Despite the fact
that few people in Ireland have escaped the effects of the recession, there has been an amazing effort
to help those affected by the flooding. Farmers have donated fodder and charities have been overwhelmed
by donations of everything from blankets and clothing to food and toys.

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Patricia Kay06-Dec-2009 12:35
A beautiful image dusted with icing sugar....My cousin has been flooded 3 times and its a heartbreaking experience....But life is the most important and its great to see how all the communities help each other...BV
LynnH06-Dec-2009 03:04
Beautiful frosty scene. It is always nice to see kindness from strangers. Keeps our faith in society!
laine05-Dec-2009 17:55
It's the comfort of strangers, friends & families that pull you through the bad times...floods & fire may destroy what we own, but it's the spirit that keeps us going. I feel for those going through it.
Neal Nye05-Dec-2009 12:08
Those bluish tones the feeling of miserable weather so well. A very effective shot of those undesirable conditions.
larose forest photos05-Dec-2009 05:03
Wonderful shot! Sombre, reflective, and it suits the commentary. The floods in Ireland and England have been phenomenal this year. I do hope that the rain ceases soon. Vote for this image
globalgadabout05-Dec-2009 03:43
great visual springboard for your reflections...the overall feel rigid with shock...the various forms tangled like emotions...profound sense of dislocation...V
Valene05-Dec-2009 03:08
Beautiful frost image! Sorry to hear of all the flooding in your region. V
pkocinski04-Dec-2009 23:47
Great catch of the frosty leaves.
Gerhard Ritsema04-Dec-2009 23:29
Fantastic tones and details! V
lou_rozensteins04-Dec-2009 22:54
Lovely details. Well done.
Colin Storey04-Dec-2009 22:52
Fantastic frosty shot and great story as always. v
Nora van Beek04-Dec-2009 20:55
This is a great shot! The frost brings out all the fine little details in the leaves. Let's hope that the weather is kinder to your region and that those most effected by it can get some relief. ~V~
Cathryn Gallacher04-Dec-2009 20:38
A beautiful shot!
Kevin Chester04-Dec-2009 19:45
LOL don't worry it will soon turn to snow. A great shot here Mairead. V
Johnny JAG04-Dec-2009 19:38
That's a lovely sight.
Keith O'Brien04-Dec-2009 19:12
Love frosty leaves, great capture and interesting narrative. V
Nicki Thurgar04-Dec-2009 18:56
The frost is always so pretty, but not so nice when the rain doesn't stop... glad to hear that community spirit is alive and well with you, although through miserable circumstances...
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