We always get ice! Seldom any snow. Just ice! The freezing rain started just after dark last evening. By this morning, an estimated 1/4 to 1/2 inch of ice covered everything including, of course, the power lines. How we escaped a power outage is beyond me. There’s so much ice on the lines, you’d think the electricity would just freeze up. Big ole Lob lolly Pine trees buckled. Two just gave up and toppled over. Huge limbs littered the driveway into the farm like some tornado had ripped through. The Beach Road looks like the Polar Expressway. Our Camellia Beds had the look of frozen spinach. That’s a photograph of it above. When I got up this morning, I rolled out the portable generator and chanced a two mile drive to a gas station to pick up 5 gallons. It was slow going, never going over 20 miles an hour. Yes, I have four wheel drive. I never ever think to lay in gas the night before. Why is that? I haven’t had to use it. So far so good. Tonight, no precipitation but the deep freeze has an encore. Maybe some snow tomorrow the weather gurus say. I’ve always had a suspicion the weather people are in cahoots with the grocery stores to share in the bread and milk bounty when the nasty stuff closes in. I whine. Thank you Lord for not making us Boston. Stay warm……and safe.
The Bluebirds were all snug in their nests as a surprise Holiday Snowstorm visited the farm some years ago. Today, just cold rain, high winds and a thunderstorm or two. Not a good day to be traveling. Hope you and your loved ones have a safe trek to wherever you are headed. Best Wishes for a joyous Christmas and a marvelous New Year.
Hope I’m not wearing you out with Cardinals. I must have a hundred shots of them from the two winter storms we’ve had. I did want to post this one though because it looks like he’s shed a tear. Just an ice pellet that stuck just below his eye. Nikon D7100. 300mm Thanks for the look and have a great weekend.
A view of one of the fields the morning after the big snowstorm. It was still snowing that morning and even though the Nikon D700 is weather sealed, I still had inside a gallon zip lock bag with the zip closed around the 18-35mm lens just to be on the safe side. I love the subtle hues the 700 picks up in very low light which makes it one of Nikon’s all time best full frame digital cameras. Thanks for the visit and have a great Evening.
Lest you think that our phony winter in Eastern North Carolina has given way to the real thing, I must tell you this is from several years ago when we actually had a heavy 20 minute totally unexpected snowfall. It was just long enough for me to grab this shot of a little Chipping Sparrow bundling up against the big surprise. He didn’t have to wait long for it to melt. By afternoon, just about every trace of it was gone and we were back to the phony winter. Click on the Photograph for a much larger view. Thanks for the look and have a great evening.
Not to wear you out with bird shots but I loved the natural light play in this shot and thought it worthy of a little internet fame. The female Northern Cardinal seemed to be enjoying a little late afternoon quality quiet time perched on an icy River Birch tree at the end of a snowy day here. This shot was taken as a RAW image with a D7000 and other than converting to a jpeg file in Photoshop Elements, it is unfooled around with. The male Cardinals always seem to steal the show with their bright red winter suits particularly in a snowy scene but when the light is right, I find the sublime beauty of the female absolutely breathtaking. If you have a minute, click on the photograph and have a look in large. Thanks for the visit and have a great evening.