When Mother Nature stops in…

South Dakota winds

South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds

South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds
South Dakota winds

South Dakota winds

South Dakota winds

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At least Mother Nature still has her good days...


93 thoughts on “When Mother Nature stops in…

  1. Aw – sorry about the loss of your apple trees and corn. Glad you didn’t fly away or lose a window though!

    But I loved this post – neat idea with the notepad!

  2. Oh no! That’s so sad about the apple tree! I also enjoyed the notepad presentation! Do you think you’ll plant another apple tree in Country Man’s grandparents’ memory? Hope the crazy weather improves!

  3. Oh no! Sorry about your apple tree and the corn. We’ve lost a bunch of trees at our Wisconsin farm this year. Huge old willow, old oak at the bottom of our valley, an elm tree split beyond salvaging and damage to some of the pines, but so far the apple trees have been spared. Plant more apple trees! You won’t regret it even if you have to wait a few years for the fruit.

  4. If the tree is still alive it will sprout new growth on top and in 3 years or so, you’ll have apples again. It happened to us too several years back. It’s disappointing, but nature takes care of itself… if only we give it time and we’re patient.

    I liked the pics of your handwritten notes… nice touch!

    • Was just thinking, “Hope you didn’t remove the tree. My husband’s grandparents’ tree fell over and they left it – was during harvest and didn’t have time to worry about the tree at the time…when harvest was over, they remembered the tree, went to take a look and realized the tree was still alive, laid over, but alive and still making apples. πŸ˜€ ~~ Just about every freshly pressed article I read I see you’ve made a comment on…birds of a feather maybe.

  5. This is tragic…the apple on the ground was very sad 😦 Did y’all really not have to buy apples? I’m dying to plant a lemon or orange tree, but as long as we live in an apartment it will have to wait.

  6. In your clean up, try to save as many of the wind fallen apples as you can…they make great juice, applesauce or even wine. Every year we lose nearly 1/2 a bushel to wind fall, but I just pick ’em up and use them anyways. πŸ˜‰

    As for the corn, unless the roots were damaged in the blow over, they most likely will be fine. You may have to add some extra soil around them to save them…or y’all could rig up some string to keep them lifted and standing. Either way, chances are it’ll bounce back.

  7. I hate the wind – it makes me nervous and I want to cry when I hear or see an old tree broken 😦 In May this year we had some awful wind storms and there are a number of old established trees uprooted and still lying awaiting heavy duty machinery to clear them away. I am sad for your old apple tree….

    • Hi Lynda, thank you for stopping in. I am taking a break from filling up a wagon with apples, to be used to feed deer this fall. My husband is tearing out those old trees as we speak. It was sad to see the roots exposed, 50 year-old plastic wrapped around it that his grandmother used to keep weeds away. Sad for your wind damaged area, too.

  8. I really loved the creativity you used in this post. That is such a great idea!

    That’s a shame about the apple tree. Trees to me are living history and I always feel like I’m losing a part of that history when it falls or is damaged.


  9. Awe, sorry about the corn but so sorry about the apple tree. They are harder to come by. Wish you would send us some rain, our corn is starting to get really stressed because of no rain since july 3rd.

  10. Losing anything from grandparents is tragic. So sorry!
    Love the notepad creativity.
    Hope you found your big girl pants. They go well with strappy boots – you know, the kind you can pull yourself up by.

  11. Uuuugh. How awful. No apples, homeless birds. Can you at least burn the wood and get some good out of the loss?? Maybe you could make something from the tree to remember it by, a bird house.. perhaps?

    Our fruit trees have not been doing so well. We have a single red pear on one of the 2 trees (nothing at all on the other), our nectarine tree has a blight and lost all its fruit. Thankfully our peach tree is hanging on, though the peaches are tiny. Early days though still, right? Trying to keep our expectations low.. that way we’ll never be disappointed.

    • I’m afraid that piece of history is in the ground, now. But the new apples have been saved to feed the deer. I suppose it’s time to start fresh.

      Hope your fruit trees pull through. Little fruit it to be expected if they’re young. After three years we harvested our first pomegranates this past spring! Those early years require much water and tlc until they are rooted down well. Perhaps we will plant a peach tree next year; sounds good!

  12. What a charming, creative way to tell such a sad story. It’s amazing how a tree can stand tall for so long and then in one fell swoop get blown away by Mother Nature. And corn, too. But you made your point in such a direct, colorful way. Like having to take one’s medicine–with a spoonful of sugar. The sugar. That’s you! πŸ™‚

  13. It looks like you still have apples on lower branches, so you won’t need to buy them just yet. You dangs made me laugh. Time to start a new branch of family history with a new tree. How about some peaches, too? You can never have too many peaches, I always say.

  14. Oh no! I can relate to being saddened by old trees – especially those having been planted by family members – and their deaths. This year for reasons unknown our pear trees didn’t blossom nor grow properly. We suppose it’s due to the weather having changed over the years, but these trees have been with us since I was born – 23 years + because they were part of this home before my parents moved in.

    My uncle’s father (who has passed) planted a cherry tree in their backyard, which also isn’t producing like it used to and he won’t take it down. I know it’s not all mother natures fault here, but it’s still saddening.

    I loved this blog entry!

  15. We had terrible ice storms one year. My siblings and I were grown and moved away. My gram called me to tell me the ice storm had killed the two trees that held our childhood swings. She and my mom were so sad. The loss of your heirloom tree makes me lonesome in solidarity.

  16. What a shame about the apple tree and the little nest. That must have been one powerful storm.

    You have a great blog. I am looking forward to reading more!

  17. Love your style. I guess you will be out planting a couple of new apple trees this autumn. Have you considered apple cider, I am sure you can make a cocktail with that somehow!?Isn’t corn amazingly resilient.. We had parts of whole fields flattened recently and now they are standing up on their curved stems. Weird. c

  18. Sorry about the apple tree. You should plant at least one pear tree as a replacement, since the partridges that nest there near Christmas make good eating.

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  20. Oh, sorry about your apple tree! 😦 Nothing is sacred to these wild prairie winds! Ditto on the creativity comments with using the notepad. Too cute. It was like reading a note from a friend.

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