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Old Dec 16, 2010, 2:06 PM   #1
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We in East Tennessee are in the midst of an ice storm. So of course I had to go out in the storm and grab a few quick shots!

I did not use any bicycles today!!
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Of course it's a dangerous situation for anyone travelling, but the biggest danger is the weight of ice breaking down trees...
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Birds and small mammals are also in trouble, since much of their food is sealed in the ice. Here are some honeysuckle berries and wild pears...
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Seeds and buds are also thoroughly coated. It doesn't make much difference to the Bur Marigold seeds, but let's these dogwood buds are not too damaged by the chilling!
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Amazing shots ! Just gorgeous !

I do hope the birds can either peck through the ice or else find something different to eat - unlikely though since everything will be frozen solid.
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Ice storms are rare in our region - this is our first in years. We also hope it will be the last for a while, but this has been an unusually cold, wet start to the winter.

Will be indoors, warming by the wood stove for a while!

Hope you enjoyed these icy views. Thanks for any comments, critique, suggestions...
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Kevin - You are too fast for me! I almost missed your response...
Temperatures are supposed to get above freezing by late today, but, until then, birds are having a tough time. Have seen a lot just huddled in the thickets, and some are indeed pecking at the icy foods...
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As dangerous as ice storms/freezing rain can be they do provide some excellent opportunities for photography.

Thanks for sharing.

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Certainly different than the usual (whatever that is), but still beautiful - for the bird's sake let's hope a thaw is not far behind.
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Great photos Mole. Here in Vermont we get hit with ice storms every several years. If I remember correctly, the last was in January 2008. We suffered many downed limbs and trees -- many roads were completely impassable, and the falling trees took down many power lines. At our house we lost power for only about 24 hours, but many people in northern New England went without power for a week or more. In fact, I think Patty (nhmom) was one of the unlucky ones who was without power for many days.
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