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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Brrrr (adford Pear Tree, and others)

It feels like I've been gone forever, but that's only because I couldn't post for awhile. (You probably didn't even miss me here, since I don't tend to post every day. :-) I haven't had a chance to catch up on other blogs yet, just in case anyone wondered why I haven't commented much lately!)

Late Monday we started hearing strange sounds outside that continued through the night and next morning. It was the sound of tree branches breaking and dropping because of the ice that had accumulated on them. Daylight showed some of the damage, with more breaking under the weight as time went on. Of course we had no power, because the same thing had happened to the power lines. Our rural electric cooperative has at least 800 poles to replace. There has been no school since Tuesday, and still none tomorrow (Friday)! We're doing okay at our house, since B and M hooked up the generator that we have--so we have heat, water and electricity. What we didn't have for awhile was telephone/internet service because the system's back-up batteries ran down until they could get generators around to recharge them. Enough chatter... here are some photos! (most are better if you click to enlarge)

The Bradford (of Nov. 16's post)--surprisingly, it only lost one branch, and will likely shape back up nicely once the ice is gone.

The hackberry also surprised us with just a few branches toward the top broken off.

A roadside view of the front yard shows "pruned" maples and others.

These branches from the tree just outside our front door covered the ground. We lost some bigger limbs in the backyard, but I don't have good shots of those.

Icicles and shadows on the garage.

Heavy, but pretty!


  1. Hi Jo- We've been wondering how things are in your neck of the woods. Glad to see you're doing well. Too bad that the ice can be so beautiful let so damaging. Your photos are awesome. I especially like the one of the branches with the blue sky in the background.
    Be careful out there! Are you supposed to get snow this weekend?

  2. Wow, that is really something! Those maples are so bent over from the weight. I'm impressed that you are doing so well at your place. I hope others are faring okay as well in your area.

  3. Four years ago we had a major ice storm too. The branches breaking sounded like gunshots going off. When it was all over it looked like a giant weed whacker had been used on the trees.

    I hope things are settling down for you now. Snow on top of ice is a scary thought. The storm is headed our way now threatening to bury us in snow. We're about 25 miles east of Rochester, NY, right in the path.

  4. Wow, this brings back memories. It's so beautiful, but so ugly at the same time because of the damage to the trees. I'm glad you're all staying warm with your generator!

  5. Wow. Good thing you have a generator. I haven't been blogging much lately either. Glad you are back.

  6. Yup - lots of memories! Very beautiful and yet sooo destructive!