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January 07, 2004

Ice, Ice, Baby!

After the snowfall of the previous days, some warmer air moved in and it began to rain some. However things were still cold enough on the surface that the rain froze, giving us an unusual mini ice storm. Power and telephone interruptions accompanied the event, as ice-laden branches fell onto power lines.

The front of the house. Notice how all the trees are leaning forward with the weight of the ice.

A particularly pretty ice-covered tree in the back of our home.

Saint Francis normally offers birdseed, but today's menu was only snow, ice and icicles.

The birds were still able to use this feeder, with its protective icicle bars.

The Honda's been parked outside lately, and received a protective layer of ice overnight.

The satellite dish got its share.

As did the back pasture fence.

Some of the more beautiful visuals were up close, such as this ice-covered branch. (Note the branch lying on the ground at the bottom of the photo as well. The ice storm was also Mother Nature's way of pruning - there are many broken branches all over.)

Needles at the end of a branch from from one of the shrubs.

Frozen flower buds.

Posted by Leo at 12:00 PM

January 02, 2004

Snow Day 2004

We had a 5" snowfall, and that meant it was time once again for the dogs to play. Just click on each image for the accompanying video. (All video is ".wmv" format.)

A pan of our front yard, and Helen's "arrival". (3,075,300 bytes)

Short dogs plowing through the snow. (1,596,762 bytes)

For some reason Guido likes to dig at his snow encrusted tennis ball. (2,780,876 bytes)

Snow is for rolling in. (1,046,314 bytes)

Vera looks on, but you can tell she hasn't been idle. (969,508 bytes)

Posted by Leo at 12:00 PM