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.
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.
The roads looked icy and slippery. Looking closer at branches and leaves, we saw that they were encased in ice.
The trees looked like the artificial Christmas trees that they were currently selling in stores for Christmas with their tips dripping with white.
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:
Benches that had been put out for people to sit on and enjoy the outside, did not look inviting at all.
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.
The ice certainly gave a new meaning to the words “winter decorations”.
Objects such as benches and iron-wrought fences were strong enough to withstand the weight of the ice:
However, many trees in our neighbourhood bowed under the icy weight. Branches broke with the added kilograms and many fell down.
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.
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