Icy Trees Sparkle in the Sunlight the Day After a Winter Storm

Winter is off to a great start here in Central Pennsylvania. Snow from last week is gone and has been replaced by ice…everywhere! I find it amazing that every branch, every tree trunk, every pine needle is coated with a thick layer of ice.

The boughs of white pine trees are bent to the ground with the weight of ice on every limb.

The boughs of white pine trees are bent to the ground with the weight of ice on every limb.

How did the ice manage to coat every square millimeter of these pine needles?

How did the ice manage to coat every square millimeter of these pine needles?

Icy hemlock needles and pinecones.

Icy hemlock needles and pinecones.

Star magnolia blooms and branches covered in ice.

Star magnolia blooms and branches covered in ice.

The evergreen leaves of this rhododendron look really unhappy with their new coat of ice.

The evergreen leaves of this rhododendron look really unhappy with their new coat of ice.

Every single tree limb has a coating of ice!
Every single tree limb has a coating of ice!

Every single tree limb has a coating of ice!

Sunlit icy trees.
Sunlit icy trees.
Sunlit icy trees.
Sunlit icy trees.

We’re giving thanks that we did not lose electricity with the cold winds that knocked off much of the pretty tree limb icicles. When the ice came down with the wind it was like very loud rain drops as the pieces of ice hit the icy snow below.

Just beautiful in the sunlight! The sunlight really shines on the icy tree limbs.
Just beautiful in the sunlight! The sunlight really shines on the icy tree limbs.

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