A Winter Reality

This year Winter arrived early on and for the first time I experienced an ice storm. Freezing rain drizzled gently down and, because it was so cold, froze on trees, plants, and everything else it fell on.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
An icy scene. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

When we stepped out in the morning, the scene before us looked beautiful. The world was icy white and the ice sparkled when the light fell on it.

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An iced branch. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The roads looked icy and slippery. Looking closer at branches and leaves, we saw that they were encased in ice.

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Leaves encased in ice. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The trees looked like the artificial Christmas trees that they were currently selling in stores for Christmas with their tips dripping with white.

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Icy plants. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Not only were the trees encased in ice, but so were the plants. The ice made the leaves heavy and they lay close to the ground. Even the bushes were wrapped in icy cold:

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Iced bushes. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Benches that had been put out for people to sit on and enjoy the outside, did not look inviting at all.

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An iced bench. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Ice dripped from the benches and encased the decorative plant holders -whether they were near the benches, or placed on the side of the roads.

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An iced Decoration. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The ice certainly gave a new meaning to the words “winter decorations”.

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An icy planter. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Objects such as benches and iron-wrought fences were strong enough to withstand the weight of the ice:

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An iced fence. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

However, many trees in our neighbourhood bowed under the icy weight. Branches broke with the added kilograms and many fell down.

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A broken tree. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

As the branches fell from trees, the ice scattered looking like shards of glass. Many branches fell on power lines, cars, and in the roads.

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A fallen branch. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

Luckily we were not affected by these falls and we continued to have power. The only inconvenience we had was the difficulties experienced while doing Christmas shopping: some stores were closed due to power outages, and many parts of the subway were not running.

The ice from the storm has since been covered with snow. Yet it is still there, waiting to be uncovered to create a slippery surface.

Have you ever experienced an ice storm?

(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: Reality)

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

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62 thoughts on “A Winter Reality

  1. Dear Colline
    This looks like a fairytale scene from one of Hans Christian Anderson’s story books. Thank you for sharing with us. This time of the year South Africa is sweltering hot!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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    1. I have learnt how to keep myself warm in this bitter cold Paula. Temperatures have warmed a little and some of the snow and ice has melted. Tomorrow, though, snow and colder weather is forecast.

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    1. My personal experience was not as bad as many others. It made for dangerous walking and inconveniences. Luckily my power was not disconnected and neither was the telephone.

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  2. Your photographs are so evocative of ice storms; nature’s beauty, spectacle, menace, and power. I lived in south-east Ontario during the “Great Ice Storm of 1998.” http://phylor.wordpress.com/2011/01/31/the-great-ice-storm-of-1998-redux-2011/ describes our adventures in “iceland,” and my fear of the word “freezing rain” in the weather forecast.
    Any pictures we have (should have retrieved camera and taken some?) are stored away in the many shoe boxes of photos pre-digital camera days up in the attic and in mom’s storage locker.
    I’m glad you captured the beauty of ice; I do have earlier fonder memories of cut-glass/leaded crystal landscapes.

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    1. Yes they are Michelle – they are very slippery. Car owners need to put on winter tires that help with traction. And one hopes that the municipalities salt the roads to help with the melting of snow and ice.

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    1. It does get really cold here Nia. Last week, with the wind chill, it reached down to -42c. On days like these you go to where you are going quickly; and you stay warm inside.

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  3. Oh, yes. I was grateful that our electricity did not fail us as it did for so many others. I was also grateful that I did not have to venture out. I did gaze out my windows and enjoyed as you did, looking at the ice-encased landscape!

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    1. There is a certain beauty in the snow. And when it is actually snowing it is not too cold. The cold usually comes in the days after when the skies are clear and blue.

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  4. Oh my Colline. I can bet that this is amazing the first time you experience it. I will just leave it to you to tell me all about it. Firstly I would be on my arse ALL the time in that much ice…and as I get older I really dislike extremes.

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      1. Hope you didn’t hurt yourself Colline. My balance has never been the same since I broke my back, so being around ice would be no good for me. That said, those pictures are so amazing it would be something to see it for real.

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  5. Oh wow Colline! These are truly amazing shots! Thank you for braving the cold to show us these beautiful sights! I would have loved to be there. Those icicles fascinate me! 😀

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  6. I have experienced more than one ice storm. We only had one this year. I always love how beautiful everything looks. You captured that beauty in your photos. Unfortunately, ice can be dangerous and inconvenient.

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  7. How exquisite! And your photos are fantastic!
    We have just had a week of 110 degrees F, amazing that one side of the world is so hot and the other is so cold! I spashed some water on my path this morning – in 10 minutes it had vanished!

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  8. I love your question at the end Colline, you know I have only just learned what an ice storm was. It is not something that we ever have here, it really doesn’t get cold enough. They look very dangerous, but also very beautiful, and for someone who might never see anything like this, thank you so much for exploring it with your camera and showing all the aspects. Great photos, great post.

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    1. It is something that I had never experienced either before I came to live in the northern hemisphere. This is one of the reasons I can’t help but take photos as I find it so beautiful and fascinating.

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    1. Not on that day – though I did another time. It was treacherous out there this winter. I cannot wait for all the snow and ice to be gone. It is lingering this season.

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