Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

At the beginning of May 2015 we had an east coast low hit Queensland to the mid-north coast of NSW. This severe event saw gale force winds, high seas and caused a massive amount of destruction and death as rain fell at around 100 mm per hour in some areas. The last time this type of weather event occurred was in 2007 in June. The storms that hit Newcastle and the mid-north coast caused flash flooding and blew the Pasher Bulker, a 40,000 ton bulk coal carrier, aground at Nobby’s Beach in the heart of Newcastle City.

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Where I lived at the time on the Mid-north coast we experienced the rain leading to severe flooding. © irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

It is amazing to me how in one week we all seem to have similar thoughts for prompts and posts. I’d posted on Thursday Yasur volcano and the reasons it made those that see it release their adrenaline in bulk loads. Go here to see these volcanic forces of nature 

This post has been created for the weekly photo challenge and more can be seen here

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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31 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature

  1. Ironically, this evening we had a huge storm, an exhibition of the forces of nature. 🙂

    janet

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  2. andy1076 says:

    oh wow that tanker grounded like that, That’s nature’s force alright :O

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  3. noelleg44 says:

    The photo of that tanker is very impressive. Having lived though many hurricanes, I can really empathize with everyone effected by the storm.

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  4. Please send us some of that rain! We need it in California.

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  6. bkpyett says:

    Interesting photos Irene. Our dog refuses to walk if it is wet!!

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  8. pixiejan says:

    Amazing photos, captured beautifully clever girl…Have a wonderful weekend…

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  9. I liked that shot of ship. Its so huge with waves crashing at it. It really captures the force of nature very well 🙂

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  10. Great photos. We saw this on TV.

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  11. joannesisco says:

    When nature starts flexing her muscles, it can be frightening. The first photo of the waves crashing against the boat is an excellent show of force.

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  12. Sherri says:

    Wow…some storm you had there Irene, you weren’t kidding! We had gale force winds too last week as you know, but it’s a good job we didn’t catch the ferry to The Channel Islands until Thursday as by then the worse had blown over but the ferry had been cancelled for 2 days. As it was, going there was very choppy indeed with more than a few rather seasick, but we were okay… just 😉 Love your photos, the first one is amazing. Hope things are calmer now for you my friend 🙂 ❤

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  13. Charli Mills says:

    Frighteningly beautiful, though deadly and dangerous. We can only watch and pretend to have some measure of control over these powerful forces of nature.

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