Iced Landscape

Icy, road and trees

Over the last twenty-four hours, we've seen (or heard) freezing drizzle, thunder and lightning, rain, freezing rain, snow and, late this afternoon, some sunshine.  The results are a treacherously beautiful landscape.  Every tree feathered with white, every twig and every blade of grass cased in ice.  Also a deserted street, as even the post office seems to have decided it wasn't wise to come out.  After all, most of the white in these photos isn't snow, but ice.


Meantime, I did creep out carefully with my camera, as I didn't want to miss the beauty...

Icy, with tree
Icy, with tree

The cows across the street seem to be taking it all very calmly, as well-fed cows do.  (Please click on the photo to zoom in.)

Icy, field with cows

Weather Diary: Icy; High: 30 F (-1 C)/Low: 16 F (-9 C); Humidity: 68%-100%

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Comments: 10
  • #1

    Marcelo (Thursday, 07 February 2019 23:26)

    Amy, I love these wintry pictures! with all that cold you could grow peonies, tulips and other cold loving beauties I can only dream of in my hot climate! Happy weekend!

  • #2

    Cathy (Friday, 08 February 2019 06:12)

    Your photos are lovely Amy. So many miles away and we had exactly the same today - freezing rain and treacherous ice. We haven't seen our post lady all week! Now the sun is shining and the snow is slowly melting. :)

  • #3

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Friday, 08 February 2019 08:20)

    Thank you, Marcelo - I wish I could have slipped a few tulips into the ground for springtime! Each place has its treasures, no? ;-) I am not very fond of cold weather myself, but you are right: so many beautiful plants love it!

  • #4

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Friday, 08 February 2019 08:26)

    Cathy - I hope you didn’t have any damage from the ice, as I understand there was some from that heavy snowfall! It’s been really lovely here, especially when the clouds broke a little late yesterday. It seems winter has decided to make sure we don’t think he’s going away quite yet! Looking at all the lovely snowdrops from the UK blogs is making me impatient. ;-)

  • #5

    Kris P (Friday, 08 February 2019 13:15)

    Beautiful photos as always, Amy! Although I know you've lived in this area before, the abrupt shift from the desert conditions you'd grown used to over the past several years must be something of a shock. It's good to see you taking the opportunity to explore your new stomping grounds.

  • #6

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Saturday, 09 February 2019 13:44)

    Kris - You are right - it is a shock, especially in the middle of winter! Taking out the camera helps the exploring process a good deal and is probably the best cure for the shock. The feeling that I can't go out and just put a few plants in the (frozen) ground is more than a little frustrating, as I'd gotten used to limiting that to a swath of very hot summer months...! Curiously, there are bare-root roses in the stores now, hmmm...

  • #7

    Jane (Saturday, 09 February 2019 20:45)

    They are gorgeous photos, Amy. I’m not fond of cold weather either, but I do like to see those bare branches etched against a grey sky. I guess it will take a while to learn what you can and can’t grow, and when to plant things. A voyage of discovery!

  • #8

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Saturday, 09 February 2019 22:33)

    Jane - They are beautiful, however much I may dislike the low temperatures! I am sure it's just as well that I can't plant anything just yet, as there is much to be done just moving in, but I am eager to see the spring green here. :)

  • #9

    rusty duck (Sunday, 10 February 2019 03:08)

    I share your frustration with not being able to plant just yet. I want to re-engage with the garden and so far that is limited to planning. And a bit of fairly fruitless stomping about in wellies!
    Love the views though.. now that could be England!

  • #10

    Amy@SmallSunnyGarden (Sunday, 10 February 2019 10:43)

    RD - Couldn’t it though! With my high slope and no easy outdoor water source (yet anyway), I’ve been giving a good deal of thought to your use of prairie plants. Seems like a good way to go for this garden! That is, if I can keep the assorted rodents out - but you’ll understand all about that too...