The field trials are being held at the Robert E. Talbot Wildlife Reserve. It is a beautiful, huge amount of acreage, and is actually public land outside of Mount Vernon, Missouri, with acreage for shooting turkey and deer, and lots of available fishing. Unfortunately, the trees suffered tremendous damage in the past ice storm, and trees are down all over this state, as well as on the Talbot Wildlife Reserve. This stand of trees is at the Talbot Wildlife Reserve. The stuff at the bottom of the stand is a tangle of broken branches. We thought a tornado had swept through the area. I look at those trees, and my stomach hurts…I can almost hear them screaming. Though tragically wounded, the broken trees seem to only accentuate the land's beauty further.
Friday, March 9, 2007
The Ice Man Cameth...and Wrecked.
At breakfast this morning, we met a lady who is working for FEMA. She said she was waiting on today’s assignment – and about that time, her cell phone rang. As we ate our breakfast, I noticed two other gentlemen, sitting at separate tables, wearing FEMA jackets. Okay, I’m curious. And then it hits me…the damage from the ice storm. If the trees are any measure, I can only imagine what happened to houses. And these little birds are wondering what happened to their house, too.