|In Honor of the Royal, 8 x 8 inches, mixed media on canvas board, 2015, $100|
On Saturday, August 16th, 2014, there was a terrific thunder and lightning storm at our home, the A2 Resort (A2 means A-squared, but can't make the 2 superscript in many programs, lol). It was about 5 pm and Andy and I were watching the storm from our enclosed back patio. Lightning boomed, Simon cat scratched my leg, Andy yelled, I whimpered, and ashes were floating down best they could in a downpour of rain. The lightning hit our royal palm tree.
We saw it. We saw the trenches in the grass where the lightning traveled. Lucky for us, the strike traveled away from the house. Our royal palm tree kept us safe.
We kept hope that it would live...but our once lovely royal palm tree may last a sad month more. The new frond that is supposed to be green and proud grew out as brown and burnt, and the rest of the fronds are turning brown and bending at strange sad angles. We would let the tree trunk stand...but with it's height of about 30 feet and only one place to safely land without damaging further property...so much for the woodpeckers who are beginning to check it out as a new home.
I didn't intend for this art piece to be commemorative, but after choosing the brown papers and silver background, it feels like In Honor of the Royal.
Ever see a lightning strike close to you? How did it change the way you see storms?