In our area the gigantic megastorm that swept up the midwest and into the northeast took the form of ice overnight. When we woke up this morning everything was coated in a beautiful clear layer of ice. The trees looked like crystal. (And, incidentally, whenever I see a tree coated in ice I think of a book I read as a child called The Crystal Tree.)
Unfortunately ice can be heavy and damaging to trees. We lost one big branch off our big tree in the back and while I was standing outside I heard a crack and saw about half a tree fall over in our neighbor’s back field. It is amazing how resilient and flexible seemingly immobile tree trunks are, though. The white birch by our driveway had bent over completely blocking out driveway! Who knew it could bend like that?
The birds were grateful for our birdseed, though they couldn’t get it from the feeders so I sprinkled it right on the icy crust of the ground and picnic table. Doesn’t the orange feeder look like a fringed lamp?
By midafternoon things were melting, which meant that you could stand outside (safely, on the porch!) and hear bits of ice crashing down in the woods and trees. I did see a couple giant icicles fall off the power lines and smash in the middle of the road, too.
A few other favorite pictures (and my favorite is here):