Posts Tagged ‘sleet’

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.

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

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

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Jelly fungi hydrated from all the moisture.

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

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

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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.

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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.

Celebration?

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.

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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?

Orbs and an Ice Storm

I couldn’t stay inside one night last week after many hours of rain, sleet and an ice storm. The temperature had warmed enough that a rain/sleet mix fell when I went out.

I had to stay on the front porch because of the ice.

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The trees limited my areas for photographing orbs.  All the tiny “sparks” were rain, and there are 3 orbs on the left. The orbs didn’t show until after the pictures were taken.

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I went through the house to the side door. There’s no awning there. All I could do was stick my hand out under the corner of the screen where the cats use to go outside. I held my left hand over the camera to keep it dry.

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 The side door gave me 2 angles for taking pictures.

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 The orb near the orange outside light was moving, leaving a trail behind it. This shows it’s not rain, because it was going upward, not down. I have no explanation for the 3 tiny, side-by-side what looks like tiny moving orbs (to the right and up some from the moving orb). I found them in 2 of the 56 pictures I took.

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The two large dim orbs might’ve been from a different kind of spirit, or  maybe emanated this way for a reason. Small orbs appeared in pairs in some of these pictures. They do this often, and I assume it’s to let me be sure they’re not rain drops catching the camera’s flash.IMG_1466 red

One thing about taking orb pictures is surprise of what’s in the picture after it’s taken. A picture can be full of orbs, and the next one of the same area taken immediately after usually has none or very few.

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Notice how many paired orbs are in this picture.

By this time I was getting cold. I hadn’t exactly dressed right for all this fun.

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My last pictures were of our security light, and the orbs that came to be in the pictures. I’ve learned how to take orb pictures during the day when it’s sunny and with thin clouds. These 2 green orbs are in so many of my daytime pictures.

I decided to go on to bed, and let the orbs do what they came here to do.

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Orbs are said to be emanations (to come from a source) of Spirit Beings.

SNOW

This is what I woke to this morning, December 29.

The blizzard that started on Christmas evening left us 14 inches before it finally quit the later the next morning. We actually had a little melting yesterday morning. Then a light rain started, then went to freezing rain, then sleet and finally snow. Now we have six more inches.

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… I look out now at 10:30. A light snow falls again, and  the breezes increase enough to now knock snow off the branches.

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  It’s absolutely beautiful.

Chicken cooks for chicken salad. Dough rises for Basic White Bread and will soon fill the house with that wonderful bread-baking aroma.

It’s a good day.