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Epic Ice Storm

January 30, 2014

We celebrated Christmas and rang in the New Year with back to back winter storms - the worst in 15 years. They left us powerless for several days and internet-less for almost a month. It was amazing to see how a gentle freezing rain could produce both beauty and devastation in a single sweeping swath. As the hours ticked by a glistening ice began to coat virtually everything it touched. We were soon treated with the eerie drumbeat of cracking limbs and house shaking thuds, as trees and branches loaded to their limits, broke and collapsed. Many of the slender birch and poplar were bent so far that their tops were captured and then frozen to the snow covered ground. Our cherished ancient heirloom honeysuckle bush (nearly 100 years old) was particularly affected, pushed to the point that most every branch was lying nearly flat. Despite all this it was still one of the more amazing winter landscapes we've seen in our twelve years on the farm. Thought we'd s share some photos of our short lived ice covered landscape.

 

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