After the Rain

A couple of weeks before we moved, I was walking the dogs in the backyard during a short respite between bouts of rain.  There is some kind of a pine tree at the far edge of the yard, I don’t know what kind … only that it has drooping limbs, and it caught my eye because of the rain that had accumulated on its limbs. The drops just sat there, in perfectly round little beads, clinging daintily to the needles. From a distance, the shimmer almost looked like frost. Now, I’m not great at taking pictures, and all I had was my cell phone, but I couldn’t walk away without trying to capture such a beautiful — and cool — sight. Mother Nature. She sure is something.


Want Ice With That?

We’ve been having some truly frigid weather here lately on the East Coast topped off with a nice freezing rain yesterday that turned to a lovely sheet of ice overnight. It’s been fun slip-sliding away down the steps and across the sidewalk to my car. Just ask my daughter — she’s the one who can be seen looking out the bay window, surrounded by animals, warm and snug in the house, howling with laughter as I do my herky-jerky “ice dance” across the yard.

I’m not a photographer — but I hope that you’ll appreciate my attempts anyway, as I couldn’t resist snapping the below pics of the tree in my front yard. I thought the ice made it look beautiful.  The larger trees in the back may look like they’re blooming for spring but in fact are completely encased in ice.  When the temps warmed up later in the day, it looked and felt like we were being bombarded with millions of icicles.  Just try walking dogs in that!

ice berries 2


ice berries


Ice tree with berries 3


blooming with ice