Nova Scotians are getting ready to welcome Hurricane Earl this morning as a tropical storm. Hurricane Juan was far more damaging and deadly than was anticipated just hours before his visit in 2003. It’s best to be prepared. Even this little spider seems to have battened down the hatches…
The woods are quiet and the songbirds are nowhere to be seen. Although it’s known that wild creatures seek safe shelters and extra food supplies in anticipation of hurricanes, scientists don’t yet know how they can sense impending stress to the natural environment. Their ability may simply be the result of heightened sensory awareness through sight, hearing, smell and touch.
Along the shore, the surf is pounding the rocks relentlessly. Waves are churning up seaweed from the depths. There are likely some crabs and urchins tangled in the kelp.
Considering how quiet the woods are, I was surprised to see so many seagulls, sandpipers and cormorants hovering around the shore. They’re probably looking for one last meal before the storm arrives. Hopefully, they’ll all find safe shelter just in time.