Ice Storm 2008
By Jeff Victor-Oracle on Dec 22, 2008
However, with every challenge there are opportunities - in this case, photographic ones. So I fired up the DSLR and started snapping - pictures, not wires.
One pine tree in my backyard was so laden with ice that its tip - normally
25 feet in the air - was dangling in the pond. It looks like the pine tree
was thirsty and is taking a drink. (Click on the image to see a larger image.)
Later, the surface of the pond froze, trapping the tip in the pond. Fortunately - for the tree - the surface melted two days later, allowing it to shake itself free.
A birch tree in the front yard performed a similar feat, but it looked
more like it was bowing. I doubt it was trying lick the snow - it knows better.
I like the loss of background clutter that night - and flash! - brings to shots like that one.
Another birch was bent, and its upper half reached, like fingers, through
the branches of a Shadblow
tree, itself coated in ice.
But by far the worst damage nearby was a 40-to-45-foot pine tree in
the backyard. For years, it has been leaning out over the pond. No more -
the weight of the ice snapped it in two, about eight feet up the trunk.
In the first image, only the remaining trunk is obvious...
...but in the next picture, it's clear that the tree decided to "take a dip" in the pond. To give you some scale, the pond is 40 feet wide. The tree reached all the way across and stripped some branches off of a tree on the far side of the pond.
As someone mentioned to me - the ice storm was "just Mother Nature doing some pruning."