On August 25, 2017, a category 3 hurricane named Harvey made landfall in the United States of America, devastating some areas of Texas.
Before The Storm
Ana’s interest in nature and photography started at an early age, looking at magazines like National Geographic, wondering how the pictures of wildlife and landscapes were taken so clear. When she became older, taking pictures of her children experiencing the outdoors became a passion.
Then one day, while visiting the Houston Zoo with her Nikon P510, Ana captured her children feeding a squirrel and her husband took photos of her, coming together around Nature Photography (NatureGraphy). During her first cross-country trip, landscape photography became her true love of the art.
For Ana, photography is about the moment, wanting to show the world what her eyes see.
The Coming Storm
Hurricane Harvey approached the Gulf of Mexico, making landfall in Corpus Christi. Ana and her family had an entire day with no rain and very little wind in Hitchcock, Texas, setting the illusion that her area wasn’t in danger, then came midnight. While Ana slept, her daughter woke her father up, afraid because water started to leak into her room.
At that very moment, Harvey came like “a thief in the night.” The family attempted to move items out of the room but by the time they finished it was too late. Water came pouring into the kitchen and master bed room. It took one hour for the entire house to be flooded with a foot of water.
The family grabbed clothes and their animals and went for higher ground but Harvey was intense, never letting up. The water rose to 4 feet very quickly.
Her husband shut the power down to the house and they made their way through several feet of water, toward their SUV, which was parked on Highway 6.
After The Storm
On the third day, Ana slept on the floor of her house, after the water subsided, using one hand to hold the entrance door because she feared the water would come pouring in again.
Harvey destroyed everything they owned. They’ve spent a few days with relatives and a few nights at hotels but she and her family are struggling because of lack of work.
Nature is beautiful but yet furious, leaving us powerless toward its might, embedding memories of terror and if we’re lucky to survive, a humbling feeling of gratefulness.
Though, Harvey destroyed everything Ana and her family worked so hard for, leaving her home to be repaired, they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Ana keeps her head up, at times not wanting to in despair.
The question we all most ask ourselves, envisioning going through an ordeal like this is: Can we still love nature after what Hurricane Harvey did?
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Written by Nature Photographer Rafael De Armas
Edited by Stephanie De Armas
This was a collaborating effort by NatureGraphy and group member Ana R. Love.