January 20, 2015
Every so often, even with global temperatures on the rise, we have some very cold, inclement weather. This Sunday was a case in point: Severe rain storms occurred while temperatures dropped into the low teens. As a result, roads, trees, shrubs, and houses were completely sheathed in thick coats of frigid, crackling, shimmering ice. The appearance was like a winter wonderland, but the consequences were very bad: numerous accidents, the inability of ambulances to reach accident victims, sprained and broken ankles and wrists, crowded emergency rooms, and an icy Sunday that made travel nearly impossible.
I got lots done around the house, cleaning closets, organizing clothes, and doing paperwork. What did you do???
1 My driveway was so dangerous. I waited until noon to leave the house, and then I ventured gingerly to the carport to get the Kawasaki started.
2 All the viburnum bushes were icy.
3 The cobblestones and gravel were totally covered in ice.
4 The Sargent Crabapples, a very strong, low growing shrub-tree, didn't seem to mind the ice.
5 The "walking stick" filbert trees were gorgeous covered in ice.
6 The magnolias form their buds in December and January. I hope the ice has not harmed them.
7 The shapely hornbeams were covered.
8 The stone paths and walks were dangerously covered. I don't like using lots of salt or ice-melting chemicals because of the tender feet of the dogs and cats.
9 The hornbeam hedges looked like ice curtains.
10 A good view of how the rain freezes over each and every branch.
11 A shrub in the boxwood garden sheathed in ice. Luckily there was very little wind so very few branches snapped under the weight of the ice.
12 There are four miles of roads on the farm. All the roads were dangerously covered with a thick coating of ice on Sunday morning.
13 The new windbreak of white pines (six years old) was beautiful and sparkling under a coating of ice.
14 The barberry bushes, reddish in the winter, were so glitzy covered with ice.
15 The new Osage orange trees, planted about three years ago, have grown very well. I was happy that despite a thick coating of ice, they did not break.
16 All the curves on the farm roads are carefully marked with stakes so vehicles do not wander off the roads and snow plows can know where the roads are in case of a heavy snowfall.
17 This ice made the roads impassable for hikers, horses, and most cars. I drove around on my Kawasaki four-wheel-drive farm truck, which handled the ice very well.
18 The property is crisscrossed with woodland streams. All of them were frozen over with huge amounts of water rushing underneath the ice.
19 You could actually walk on the ice-covered streams.
20 More white pines weighed down with ice.
21 These white pines were planted six years ago as small 10-inch seedlings. They have grown really well.
22 These pines will serve as a very good windbreak when they reach maturity.
23 Another meandering stream. As the rain increased during the day, the stream's ice-covered surfaces became submerged.
24 Icicles formed on most eaves and ledges on the whole property.
25 The blueberry bushes were covered with ice, looking very beautiful.
26 There are six standard hornbeam topiary trees along this paddock fence. Because they are top heavy, and could snap under ice or snow, each tree is staked and tied securely.
27 These trees are such fine specimens. I would love them to survive this bad weather.
28 All the ancient farm apple trees were supported to withstand the weight of the ice and snow.
29 The tree supports are actually portions of other trees that have fallen on the property. They are set atop large stones buried in the ground.