Sandy left a path of death and destruction. However, we were very lucky. The power went out for only 24 hours, and our generator worked well, keeping our freezer and refrigerator going.

When we cautiously explored the woods the next morning—keeping a watchful eye on any dangling trees or limbs—we found one of our majestic Norway spruces had toppled. These trees rise up more than 100 feet and are beautifully symmetrical. However they are very shallow-rooted, as was dramatically clear when we looked at the mound of roots yanked from the ground. The tree miraculously took down only one other in its descent, along with several branches from a neighboring pine. The tree also ripped out a section of the deer fence that had been attached to it. Animals now have easy access, so we’ll have to address that quickly.

New Jersey and New York City were particularly hard hit by Sandy. Homes were destroyed and people died. In New York, parks were closed while workers made them safe. Lower Manhattan flooded and parts of the city were without power for days on end. Public transportation ceased to run, gas ran out, and food was in short supply. So we counted our blessings here.

Hurricane damage


A different Eastern White Pine, still standing


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