I followed the progress of Hurricane Irene up the East Coast by means of the mainstream media to a certain extent. I was more affected by on-the-spot accounts and photos by people I know only through the ‘net. Here’s a great cell phone photo taken by Pascal Wallisch, a neuroscientist who lives in NYC. He titled it “Irene departing”.
Such a photo! Pascal said on Google+: “Right spot meets right time.”
John Beetham, an avid birder who writes for The DC Birding Blog, took some good photos during the passage of Irene. Here are a couple:
The photo was accompanied by this note: Dead baby squirrel, probably knocked from its nest.
John’s comment: Normally there is a walkway down there.
I liked the handrails disappearing into the water.
John lives in Highland Park, New Jersey these days, which is where these photos were taken.
This is citizen photo-journalism, which possesses an immediacy unavailable to the big-time commercial media, especially when you are familiar with the people involved.