Saturday, December 28, 2013

Ice Pictures pt 2

Pictures just don't capture the magic! Everything looked like it was covered in silver tinsel, especially trees that had weeping willow type branches.

The first day of ice, I stayed inside. The 2nd day, I ventured out, but there was no sun to create the diamond effect. The 3rd day, the sun did come out but then things started melting. I had to pick one location and go for it.

I went to one of my favorite spots because it's close by yet has a lot of nature. It's a running trail that goes through a natural wetland area. It was so quiet, except for the sound of falling ice or the crunch when I stepped on ice covered leaves.

It was like the world was made of glass.

I took at least 100 pictures but tried to pick a few that represented what I saw. This was a special treat; being able to enjoy the beauty & quiet without the danger of ice.

Friday, December 27, 2013

A Song of Ice and....Only Ice

I'm such a geek for the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire - also known as HBO's series, Game of Thrones. "Geek" is probably a tame description; obsessed might be more accurate :)

Ice and winter are central components to the story. When winter comes, nobody knows how long it will last. It awakens dormant, scary beings called "White Walkers." Just before Christmas, we had an ice event. Not really a storm, it just steadily rained all night, freezing as it fell. We were fortunate not to lose power and to just be able to appreciate the magical beauty of an ice covered world - one without White Walkers and knowing it will soon melt!

The neighbor's tree always does this thing of creeping towards our deck when it's heavy with ice. It's kinda eerie. A couple of these branches eventually broke under the weight.

The ice stayed around for almost 4 days! It was odd to be able to go out & about, with everything around you absolutely glistening.

I took a lot of pictures. It's so hard to choose which ones to post, but I suppose to you, one ice covered tree looks pretty much like the other.

Our internet is really slow tonight and photos are taking forever to upload. Will try again tomorrow. In the meantime, stay warm!

Friday, December 6, 2013

First Snow!

It's the first snow of the season!

And while it's very pretty, it's rather inconvenient. On a selfish note, there were two events I was really looking forward to attending and they were both postponed.

There's a funny video that's gone viral from a newsperson in Denver. He rants about people who live in the most beautiful state in the nation but the pix they send in are snow-covered patio furniture. Out of humorous spite, I had to snap this.

The next most popular snow shot, after kids, is probably the family pet. But you have to admit, my gray afghan hound in the snow, with the weathered fence as a background, makes for a pretty picture.

As for me, this is as close as I care to get to the snow today!