Especially when it comes to tornados. 

You may have seen on the news that my little town of Port Orchard, Washington, just across the Puget Sound from Seattle, was visited by a tornado on Tuesday afternoon.

Me and mine are fine, but inside of a relatively small swath about a mile Southeast of us, it took the roofs off of several houses and caused other major destruction to others, leaving many homeless. It threw motor homes into the woods and downed many trees and power lines. 

As things go, it all happened inside of moments. and then it was gone. 

I was painting throughout it, and never heard a thing, except for a very sudden torrential rain with hail just prior to when it was reported to have happen. 

It's been raining quite a lot and I've been missing the sun, so I was making a painting of a memory from late summer, on a warm and smoky early evening. 

Late Summer Sun and Smoke   oils on canvas, 24" x 24" (c) Rose Guastella 2018

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Comment by koshersalaami on December 19, 2018 at 11:51am

Glad you’re safe

Comment by Ron Powell on December 19, 2018 at 2:46pm

Interesting, how the sound of such a weather event doesn't travel very far at all.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 19, 2018 at 4:23pm

Glad...I had tht on you. 

Comment by Tom Cordle on December 19, 2018 at 4:24pm

Glad you're okay. You get a tornado, we got an earthquake – repent, the end is near! And what a lovely and restful picture. I miss not living on a lake, as I used to in Orlando.

Comment by Rosigami on December 19, 2018 at 4:46pm

kosh, me too.

Ron, it was quite the rain and wind storm, but I never heard that "locomotive train" sound I have heard mentioned in the past. This wasn't a very big tornado, though. 

Thanks, Jon. 

Tom, we've had a few smallish earthquakes in the 10 years we've been out here. Apparently there have been some bigger rumblers in the past.

Then there are volcanos. Being 70 miles North of Mt Rainier (considered an active but dormant volcano; its last eruption was1894) does have its concerns, I guess.  

I don't think there is any place a person could live that is not subject to the forces of nature. 

Thanks for your kind words on the painting. I am sure it does look like a lake- it's actually a narrow inlet of the Puget Sound, from the Port Orchard side and facing the Bremerton side, just a bit East of Naval Base Kitsap. 

Comment by alsoknownas on December 20, 2018 at 8:08am

You were lucky and we're glad.

The fog was so thick yesterday that the waves lapping at the shore were not visible. You could paint an entire canvas grey and claim it was photo realism.


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