Posts Tagged ‘freezing rain’

Colors of Winter

Ice and freezing rain can have surprising results …

and more surprising results.

There’s intricate designs,

a frozen icicle in a stick cage

and lots of sparkles.



Early Chrystaline Morning


The sunrise recently turned the icy morning crystalline.


The two tree trunks are from two different trees. They are such a curiosity and are where I can easily see them from the computer. There’s actually at least ten feet between the two where they appear to meet near the top.

The ice effects only lasted a short time.

I’m Back — Finally

I’m so excited to have my computer back and to be back online!

We had snow, then a heavier snow, then freezing rain and then sleet. This translated into my not leaving the property for two weeks. I want to keep my person in one piece.

Heavy rain is forecast for Tuesday with highs in the 50’s. I can’t wait. Here are a few of the pictures I took during this time.


I took this picture last night about sunset. The snow/sleet was pretty firm, and I seldom broke through as I walked.


Obviously, momma fox is pregnant! More about the foxes in a later blog.


Jelly fungi hydrated from all the moisture.


The layer of sleet fascinated me with the patterns it made.


A couple days of warmer weather started melting the snow/sleet from underneath too.

Icy Lichens

Rain, freezing rain and LOTS sleet fell most of one day in February, and was expected to continue overnight.

So … once again, I planned to blog ice. This time it was ice-encased lichens.

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 I made a slow loop around the yard, checking all the tree trunks and limbs that I knew had lichens on them.

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  They didn’t know their names. So, why should I worry about identifying them.

I planned to just enjoy the experience.

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Of course, the ice complicated focusing the pictures. This grouping was on a horizontal limb in my dawn redwood tree.

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I wouldn’t even want to try to identify this many in one day anyway.

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Besides, the ice and reflections distort details.

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 Being out in today’s weather was quite an enjoyable adventure.



Bang, my high school Girl Scout leader, often said (when I was a GS leader) that if everything went well, then there wouldn’t be as much to remember.

I took my senior troop winter camping. We stayed in the lodge at Girl Scout Camp Cedar Point, and the furnace quit running the night. My youngest daughter looked down right miserable in her sleeping bag. The woman assisting me with the trip, turned her radio on  … the temperature was  -18! The girls heard that, got real excited, cooked our usual breakfast, got suited up, went out and sledded down the hill by the lodge. That was definitely one trip that’s still talked about almost 30 years later.

A Farewell To Ice

The temperature actually rose to 45 degrees this afternoon. We even had a heavy rain around noon, which included lightning and thunder twice.

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Buffy and I just got in from a celebratory walk around the backyard. I talked kindly to the ice, paid homage to it because there had to be a reason for it. I just didn’t know what.

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The ice stared back at me in several pictures.

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Ice only remained in the north side of the house, barn, trees and our shrub border.

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Some ice sheets remained above the ground and leaves.

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This ice “spirit” didn’t look too happy to be melting.

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It looked to me like every tiny “circle” had originally be a ball of sleet. The storm that resulted in this was from hours of sleeting and occasional freezing rain.

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Water was under the melting ice and pooled on the top too.

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I had the impression that the ice melting from the top released teeny air bubbles from what had been sleet pellets,

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where they congregated in groups.

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Maybe this one was excited to melt and be off to the next rain, ice or snow event.

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The head of an ice snake was all the ice that remained in the puddle by the side door.

The clouds cleared by suppertime. The wind lessened. The sun disappeared behind a pale darkening  sunset.

… two weeks to the day after the sleet/freezing rain storm.

Ice and Sleet

Ice severely curtailed my activities. Even walking in the yard was a challenge.

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Temperatures remained in the teens.

Apparently, enough ice formed in the cup-shaped leaf’, that it then held the weight of additional freezing rain and sleet.

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The crystalline designs fascinated me.

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Ice covered the leaves in the magnolia tree. Then the weight of it bent the trunks of the young tree,

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resulting in sideways positioned icicles.

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Ice remained on leaves of one side of the magnolia tree and was off on the other side. Many of the leaves without ice had turned brown.

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The driveway and short hill down to the highway show little sign of melting.

So, here I stay.


It might sound strange that I’m celebrating the mounding inches of snow.

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The original forecast was for ice up to maybe 1 inch before turning to sleet and then snow after that.

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Celebrate — the freezing rain turned to sleet much earlier yesterday afternoon than expected. Sleet still fell at midnight last night,

and snow was falling when I got up this morning. We were to get only a couple of inches.

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Now, the fallen snow measures eight inches or more. It’s to stop in a few hours.

Tomorrow’s to be sunny and cold. The next front’s to arrive Saturday night with a wintry mix Sunday into Monday.

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Frost created this design on the inside of a storm window.


My storm experience started 11-ish last night while the sleet was falling. It was a good time for taking orb pictures.

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I had no witnesses as I aimed my camera through the lower part of the screen where the cats had pulled it loose.

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Orbs are said to be emanations of spirit beings. Notice how many orbs are in lines. There’s too many lines for this to be a coincidence. I usually take orb pictures every evening. Some nights there’s almost none, and other nights they’re everywhere. Size, the intensity and even the color can vary.

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Pictures like this result from aiming the camera at the floor, focusing it and then raising it take the picture. The orange (lower right) is the security light seen in the picture above. The orange on the left side is the edge of our security light.

I wonder what orbs tonight will bring with this storm winding down?