Broken homes and flooded roads

Torrential rains, gusty winds and melting snow conspired to turn Somerset County and the surrounding counties in New Jersey into a disaster zone on Saturday.

We lost electrical power on Saturday afternoon and spent the night listening to howling winds and horizontal rain tear apart trees. We awoke Sunday morning to find a fallen tree barely missing the neighbour's home.

Bored, my son and I drove around looking for a way out of town. None were to be found. Large, old trees had fallen all over the area overnight. Some had been ripped from the earth, but the wind broke most.

Fallen trees or flooded roads blocked all roadways out of town.

The Millstone River and the Delaware and Raritan Canal merged, spilling over into the surrounding city and roads.

Quite frankly, I felt a little stranded.

River Road, Montgomery Township
River Road, Montgomery Township · 30 October 2012 · Nikon D40 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
Hoover Avenue · 30 October 2012 · Nikon D40 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

Earlier this year, in the Spring, we walked by the homes on Princeton Avene and enjoyed the beautiful blossoms on the trees.

There was no way into Rocky Hill from Skillman (Montgomery Township). A fallen tree ( or branches from a tree) blocked access from Washington Street, and Princeton Avenue was also blocked. I drove down Montgomery Road but stopped when I came across a fallen tree on the power lines in one road lane. Rocky Hill had become an island.

58 Princeton Avenue, Rocky Hill

No more. This home on Princeton Avenue and Crescent has lost all its trees. It looks so bare, so naked.

A row of trees provided privacy for the residents of Princeton Village (Blue Spring Road and Princeton Avenue). Not anymore.

Princeton Village, Blue Spring Road · 30 October 2012 · Nikon D40 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6

Rocky Hill Fire Dept was cutting trees and removing debris from Crescent Avenue. We've walked by the homes on Princeton Avenue and enjoyed the beautiful blossoms on the trees. The house behind the branches has lost all its trees. It looks so bare, so naked.

Crescent Avenue, Rocky Hill · 30 October 2012 · Nikon D40 · 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6
Crescent Avenue, Rocky Hill · 30 October 2012 · Apple iPhone 5 ·
Crescent Avenue, Rocky Hill · 30 October 2012 · Apple iPhone 5 ·

Winter Snow Storm II

The week brought more snow, and Bhavna, seizing the opportunity, took the kids out for a fun sledging adventure in our backyard. Kiran, typically hesitant with new activities, embraced sledging with surprising enthusiasm. Seeing her laughing and enjoying the snow was more satisfying than ever. On the other hand, Shaan lived up to his reputation as Mr. Frost, showing his usual calm composure and skill in navigating the snowy slopes. Their delightful screams and laughter filled the air, creating a perfect, memorable winter day for the family.

I love this! —Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 9.3 mm, f/8.0, ISO100
Frosty the Snowman Number 2 —Sony CYBERSHOT + Sony @ 9.3 mm, f/8.0, ISO100

Winter Snow storm I

We spent the morning diligently clearing snow from the driveway and stairs, a chore made lighter by the kids' laughter. We enjoyed the winter wonderland around us. They immersed themselves in the pleasures of the snow, creating snowmen with carrot noses and button eyes, sprawling to create snow angels, and cramming handfuls of snow into perfect snowballs. Shaan and I joined forces, our hands working quickly to shape our arsenal of snowballs. Gleefully, we launched a devilish ambush on everyone else. However, Kiran, not quite sharing our enthusiasm for the snowball fight, vented her displeasure at being targeted.

Winter Snow storm I · 21 February 2005 · Sony CYBERSHOT ·
Winter Snow storm I · 21 February 2005 · Sony CYBERSHOT ·
Winter Snow storm I · 21 February 2005 · Sony CYBERSHOT ·
21 February 2005 · Sony CYBERSHOT ·