So anyway here are some recent photos that I'm finding inspiring:
John James Audubon Center- an amazing place to visit if you've never been.
This beautifully patterned wrought iron staircase normally leads to a short path with various sculptures depicting river life along it- but the bank, the walk, and the sculptures were all completely submerged. Huge tree trunks and more bracken were caught up along the bank, looking like beaver dams. It's awe-some and scary- a dangerous kind of beauty. I think it's what "sublime" means.
In the whole man vs. nature dichotomy, nature is definitely winning this week.