Of Derechos, Cowboys and Heros
On Sunday, Michael Dowell (director of operations and finance) brought his truck and chain to pull away large branches and trunks blocking the Mt. San Angelo roads.
On Thursday—day six—there is still no power but the clean up presses on. Chef Sarah Lanzman, Jenny and the crew continue to swelter away in the kitchen, preparing three meals a day for the stalwart Fellows who persevere in pursuing their work, despite conditions that are a far cry from the usual residency at Mt. San Angelo.
The photos below were taken on Thursday, July 6, 2012.
|For scale: that's Craig leaning on the trunk of the old poplar. That is not a tree trunk behind him—it is one of the branches torn off the poplar by the derecho.|
|Craig Pleasants and Mike Patterson hauling branches out of the boxwoods.|
|It took some cajoling to get hard-working Mike Patterson to stand still long enough for this photo.|
|Sheila Pleasants and Development Assistant Kimberley Stiffler return from hauling branches.|
|Dana Jones (associate director of admissions & assistant to artists' services) hauls branches with Nancy McAndrew (international programs coordinator)|
|Almost done in this section! Sheila Pleasants, Carol O'Brien and Barbara Bernstein raking the last of the leaves and branches behind the facilities building.|
|When the temperature is hovering at 100 degrees, water breaks are essential. Resident Artist Barbara Bernstein and Kimberley Stiffler pause for a much-needed hydration.|
|And a bit of normalcy: Fella and friends grazing contentedly in the sunshine.|
|This mockingbird ran across the rim of "Persephone's Renewal" like a miniature road runner. The working fountain sculpture is the creation of Ivy Parsons.|