Welcome to … sARTurday


This is actually a sad (Friday) Saturday. Sad, because our vacations have ended and we are back home. It is not that I don’t like our home, but – I’d rather be somewhere else. Well, you can’t always have what you want. We all know that one, right?

Anyway, the weeks we spend on The Outer Banks of North Carolina were quite something. We got there just a week ahead of hurricane Matthew. So, for the first week or so we enjoyed as much as we could while we were watching Matthew develop. When it got closer to the US we feared for a few days that the county would implement a mandatory evacuation, which, of course, we would have followed. However that surely would have meant the end of our vacation, since visitors are always last to be allowed back.

Lucky for us, no evacuation was announced and we decided to stick it out and stayed. Through what was ‘only’ a tropical storm with ‘near hurricane strong winds’, let me tell you: I have no desire to experience a hurricane!

We were staying in one of the typical houses on OBX, which are built on stilts for good reason. The way the house is built also means that it moves quite a bit. Even in normal nice weather when I sat on the deck I would ‘feel’ David walking up before I saw him. So, during the storm with around 70 mph winds, a few miles further it was clocked at 90 mph, – trust me – the house was shaking extensively.

The worst hit during the night and we did not get much sleep. We also lost power well into the next day, lost a few screens and our front yard got somewhat flooded, but nothing like our neighbor’s.

We were very lucky. Lots of houses further south, e.g. Buxton, got flooded leaving the owners with nothing.

This house was easily the closest one to the beach that we have ever rented when being on OBX. As the bee flies the beach is probably only about 10 – 15 yards away. Three or four houses up the beach the last protection from the ocean, the dunes, were breached by the ocean’s forces and the waves pounded that house and pool.  A day or so later contractors started working on pushing the sand back filling the dunes. I am just hoping that everything will have settled by the time the next storm hits here.

I probably will make a follow up post with more pictures of the ocean and other things I took while down there. But for now – I have also been doing some drawing both on my iPad Pro and in my sketchbook. One of the pictures I am sharing with you below. I was working on inking the gnarly tree for one of the InkTober prompts when I read that Creative Tuesday’s theme this week is ‘treehouse’. Soooo, I kept on working on my tree and got it sort of a treehouse. Just not for humans. Check out the other CT entries here and while you are at it, why don’t you join in next time?

Hope you like this mix of me and will be linking up your creations.





If I have time I will be linking with one or more of the fine people in this collection – check them out!


 Before – during – after hurricane Matthew

 Sunset and soundside flooding after the storm




self portrait, Claudia Willison, ImagesByCW

Claudia is founder, owner and soul of ImagesByCW Photography. Born in Germany, traveled though Europe and Australia, she currently lives with her American husband in New Jersey, USA. She blogs about what she loves: Photography, art, internet and computers in general, as well as cooking and windsurfing. When not working she enjoys reading, music, windsurfing and listening to the sound of waves and the wind, preferably together with her husband.

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