Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ice and Snow Storm, 2009
We really have been fortunate! We had 21 straight hours of frozen precipitation!
It started with sleet and freezing rain, then switched to snow, then went back to several hours of only freezing rain, to be followed by several hours of snow. I was just starting to drift off to sleep at about 2 a.m. when our electricity went out. Within one hour it was back on again.
Thomas and I lay awake listening to the eerie popping and cracking and crashing of ice-covered tree limbs and branches breaking and falling in the neighborhood. At 6 a.m. Thomas started to get up, and just as he did the electricity went off again. It was off a little longer this time, but not too long. We simply went back to sleep and waited for it to come back on.
The sun on the ice is beautiful, but look at how those branches are bowing.
Ice-covered sweet gum balls.
Assessing the damage: This is where a large branch from one of our maples came off.
Perhaps this is it here, where it landed on our fence.
Perhaps this is it here, where it landed on our roof.
This is my foot as I set it lightly on top of the snow-covered ice.
This is my foot as I step down into the crusty snow.
And this is my foot when it finally touches ground.
My stone bench in the front yard.
Along the creek on the easement.