Friday, August 26, 2011

Calm Before the Storm

As Hurricane Irene continues to churn up the coast and we batten down the hatches, I thought I would share some photos taken on Tuesday afternoon of a magnificent sky.

Are you curious about the origin of the phrase to "batten down the hatches"? As  the hurricane approaches, you can't listen to a newscast without hearing this expression. It was a nautical term.  When bad weather came, a tarpaulin was pulled over a ship's hatches and fastened down with strips of wood called battens, so "to batten down" means to secure property.

We'll just have to cross our fingers and wait to see what Irene brings to our area on Sunday.

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