This encore blog post from Jan. 8, 2009 reminds me of the beauty and potential danger of the winter season. I hope you all had a happy and safe holiday and are looking forward to the year ahead.
Two nights ago, here in the northeast, the weather reports called for freezing rain and those reports were quite accurate. When I woke up yesterday morning, there was a coating of ice on everything. Moving about was very difficult, but I took some photos to show you, before slipping off to New York City to do my television show.
Ice storms can be very damaging, especially if the wind begins to blow. That's when tree branches come down along with power lines. Fortunately, I didn't hear of too much damage. At the farm, though, we did have some problems with white pines. Those trees, with their pithy wood, are notorious for breakage and there is considerable cleanup to do.
1 When I walked out of my home this morning, the farm was covered with ice! This is the railing outside my door.
2 Icicles were hanging from the car port roof.
3 Gyurme busied himself clearing the pathways of ice.
4 You can see what a challenge he had.
5 Even the smallest twigs were encased in ice.
6 Branches everywhere were coated.
7 More icicles hanging above the bird feeders.
8 The miniature apple trees look very barren.
9 This poor chickadee looks so cold sitting on an icy branch.
10 My farm under a sheet of ice.
12 The stairs were treacherous!
13 Drip, drip from the pergola.
14 A slippery slope down to the corn crib.
15 icicles hanging from the paddock fencing
16 A weeping beech encrusted.
17 This burlap is solid ice.
18 the allee of linden trees
19 Ice can really damage certain trees, such as soft-wood white pine.
20 icy white pine needles
21 another white pine damaged
22 the chicken wire fence
23 frozen rain on the chicken coop roof
24 The log perch inside the coop looks very slippery!
25 another white pine damaged
26 a very crusty pasture
27 And yet another white pine!
28 my stone wall