Ice Castles

by Amy Caldwell January. 10, 2020 221 views

We are getting a (supposedly) apocalypse of an ice storm this weekend. It reminds me of this storm several years ago, week before Christmas of 2013, which actually was pretty bad with lots of damage from the ice. Michigan has (very) nasty weather sometimes, but there is beauty in it always.

We had a little snow, then it started to rain and then got very cold quickly overnight. Amazing frozen raindrops on everything.

Some shrub with berries-I forget the name of it, but it was full of bees all summer and full of birds all winter.

Some shrub with berries-I forget the name of it, but it was full of bees all summer and full of birds all winter.

It rained some more over the next 2 days, locking all in a thick case of ice. (maybe 1/2 inch or more)

A rose I forgot to prune back near the rail.

A rose I forgot to prune back near the rail.

Then it snowed. Some. Slowly. All day really, a few inches.

I forget the name of this one too, Washington Hawthrone maybe? Anyway, we lost half of this tree from the weight of ice.

I forget the name of this one too, Washington Hawthrone maybe? Anyway, we lost half of this tree from the weight of ice.

Snowing!

Snowing!

Christmas morning-after a little more snow overnight and super cold. But sun! Magic! Everything was like crystal. Trees were drooping under the weight of the ice.

Birch tree clump. It ended up fine, stood back upright after the ice melted.

Birch tree clump. It ended up fine, stood back upright after the ice melted.

What I love about this is the distorted reflections in the ice.

What I love about this is the distorted reflections in the ice.

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