Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Black and White and Frozen Watery Wednesday

These photographs were taken during the ice storm of January 2009. We were without electricity for seventeen days. All of our appliances are electric. Virtually every tree in our woods lost its top. The second night of the storm, we didn't sleep. Every three to five seconds (I do mean this literally; we counted!) we were startled by the sound of large branches falling or trees falling on the house and all around us. We lived in fear that the 96 foot poplar next to our house would fall. Thankfully, the poplar only lost branches.
The tree was cut down the summer after the ice storm.

Every time I catch myself complaining about all the snow we've had this winter, I remember that I should be above all thankful that this is just some snow. The power is still on, we have heat, I can wash clothes and diapers in the washing machine and dry them in the dryer. I sincerely hope that no one ever sees an ice storm of that magnitude again.

Our driveway

A nearby field

I liked the barbed wire in this one.

As I look outside and see snow, I can smile. It's not ice!!!
I'm joining Lisa at
The Long Road to China for Black and White Wednesday.
I'm also linking up with 2sweetnsaxy for Watery Wednesday.
Hope you're having a great week!



  1. Ooh, I like the last one, too! They are beautiful pics, though. I can't imagine being without power for 17 days. We were without power for 7 days two separate times due to Hurricanes and that seemed like a long time!

  2. Thanks. I still have trouble looking at those photos. I was expecting my son at the time and I think that made it harder. Seven days is surely a long time! 17 is just awful!
    I was trying really hard not to whine! Really, I was!

  3. A couple of years ago, we had no power for five days - but, at least, I live just outside San Francisco, with moderate winter temperatures and I had plenty of blankets and candles and, in my freezer, stocked full, the food stayed frozen ( we rarely opened the door. Only our immediate area was without power, for some reason. Service had been retored to the rest of Daly City so we went out for meals, etc. I had kept one old telephone, thankfully, since cordless phones didn't work and, unless we went somewhere to charge our cell phones ( which we did when we dined out ), we could use them. It was frustrating but nothing like you had to endure!

  4. I am reading your post as the snow is falling like crazy here in Memphis. It is beautiful to look at but I think I'll stay inside til spring.

    Love the sun flare in the second shot!

  5. Stunning photographs, but I'll bet it was a frightening experience!


    A hunter of all kinds of water
    Had neither a son nor a daughter;
    But ocean and sea
    Provided such glee—
    He fancied adopting an otter!

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Frosty Windowpane

  6. Wow. Ice makes for a real winter wonderland, but is so destructive. Beautiful photos.

    Thanks so much for stopping by at Havenwood, and for the follow!


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