Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Up Close and Personal

I had an opportunity to play with my macro lens the other day around the house in Springfield. The fuzzy images are the result of bringing a cold lens out on a really warm and humid fogged up! A secret technique. Don't tell any one!

The bottom image is a lichen growing on my fence. The others are ferns and Queen Anne's Lace growing in the backyard.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joplin Tornado - Two Weeks Later

Looking West down 20th Street

The Battered Joplin High School

Driving North on Main (Hwy 43)

Saint John's Hospital

Teresa took these pictures as we drove around Joplin after the library event (see last post). This is two weeks after the tornado. Already there are signs of recovery amidst the destruction. For one thing the streets are clear. All major streets are open, but neighborhood streets are closed and guarded. Debris removal is the primary task right now but construction and repair is already very evident.

Volunteers are everywhere. The response is great. FEMA seems to be doing everything right this time. Temporary housing is already arriving. Processes seem organized. It will be exciting to see Joplin rise again. Every indication is that she will rise to the occasion and emerge perhaps stronger than before.

Take some time to go to Joplin and spend some money there. Most of the city remains and they could certainly use the $$$ to rebuild.

I am proud to be an Ozarker and I am even more proud of Joplin.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Joplin Tornado Recovery - Library Volunteers

The May 22nd F-5 tornado that hit Joplin destroyed most of the East Middle School. The librarian at that school was able to save about a half of the collection and members of the Southwest Area Region of School Librarians pitched in to sort through, clean and determine the condition of the remaining collection. Teresa is a part of this group so I thought I would join in. I only had a few minutes to snap some shots of the work being done as I had to keep up the flow of boxes of books to about 30 librarians. It was a remarkable day at the Spiva Library on the Missouri Southern State University campus.

After we finished there Teresa and I took a driving tour through Joplin. All I can say is it is remarkable anyone survived this storm. Such total destruction on a scale I have never seen before. Many of you will remember my visits to Greensburg, Kansas after they experienced an F-5 tornado and this destruction is as bad and complete as that.

Teresa was able to snap a few pictures as we drove through but with people struggling to survive and work I just didn't have the heart to stop to take pictures. Didn't seem appropriate.

Take care and God bless Joplin.