East Coast Ice

February 5, 2014

Holly tree and snow and ice.

Copyright 2014 Kevin P. Mick Photography, All rights reserved.

The storm earlier this week dropped 6″ of extremely wet snow that set up like concrete once it stopped moving.  This morning presented 1/4″ or so of ice as the rain from last night froze once hitting the ground.

Broken orange blossom bush with ice.

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While making these images, periodically there would be a large crack as trees began to shed limbs.  It is surprising how much that amount of ice weighs and is no wonder that trees are over-burdened.  This orange blossom could not take the weight and collapsed.

Lavender and snow and ice.

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Time will tell how this lavender bush will do come Spring…

Pine sapling coated in ice.

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while this pine sapling has been quite resilient over the course of the winter.  The young are often much more adaptable to change.

Walnut tree coated with ice.

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On the other hand, this significantly larger and fully mature walnut tree dropped a few its smaller limbs.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country,  the Los Angeles area finally received a bit of rain-that part of the country has been in an extreme drought leaving some municipalities unsure of how to continue to supply water to the residents.  A much lower than normal amount of snow has exacerbated the issue as there is not much snow melt to add to the shrinking reservoirs.

It is also important not to forget the extremely bitter cold experienced by those in the Dakotas, Illinois, and other Mid-West states.  If this is the new normal, there are a lot of adjustments to be made.

Take care.

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