Winter’s Glaze

A Chilly Welcome ;)
A Chilly Greeting?

A couple of weeks ago, we weathered yet another “lovely” ice storm. The freezing rain painted every surface with sleet, resulting in slippery walks, treacherous roads, and a thick coat of glittering rime on just about everything. Oh Joy!

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Our neighbour’s view of our point of land, with the ocean view lost in the fog beyond

151 (1280x1008)If you’ve never heard about the phenomenon of “ice-fog”, this is what it looks like.

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A ghostly mist hangs in the air, glazing everything in a sheet of ice.

I hoped to capture some shots of sunshine on the glitter, but the forecast wasn’t cooperating. Not one to miss an opportunity, however, I headed outside to see what artistry I might find under the heavy grey overcast of gloom.

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026 (1194x1280)The scene is still, frozen in windless silence. I find a stalk encased in a shell of ice.

181 (1280x853)174 (1280x779) Abandoned clothespins encapsulated on our summer neighbour’s line.
Who knew they would prove useful for this shutterbug?

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My Clothesline
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A Frozen Bud

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Fences are crusted with frost, and icicles trickle in abundance.075 (1280x852)147 (1280x853)118 (1280x853)

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A Twig in its Icy Tomb

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The fog begins to clear…

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 …and the clouds lift a little, allowing a few thin milky rays to shine through.

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All at once, everything glows with a sparkly sheen…

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…and the “batty catters” take on a cold blue tint at the ocean’s edge.
A wide band of slobby ice meanders in the water near the coastline.

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Grass that reminds me of  glass straws

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The opening sky colours our sea blue once again.

So far, we’ve enjoyed countless sunny days and not too much of the white stuff.
But that may be about to change; a winter storm alert is issued for the weekend.

How are you braving the winter?
Are you longing to put this season behind you?
Or are you finding beauty in unexpected places?

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43 thoughts on “Winter’s Glaze

  1. Your pictures are gorgeous. Who knew icicles could be so visually appealing? 🙂

    We’ve had quite a bit of snow in NE Ohio, though not to the degree those poor people in New England have had. I have family in New Hampshire, and I think they’re going a little stir crazy!

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  2. Wow Jennifer, some stunning photos! And we think it’s cold here in the UK! We have no idea! 😄 I love the twig in its icy tomb; I love all of them! We have only had a little snow here so far this winter and even then our country makes such a fuss, roads not gritted enough, schools closed etc etc. it’s ridiculous. However, it is still too cold for me to venture out for too long; my MS doesn’t like the cold weather so I need to keep warm. I can hear the doves as I type though, so I know spring is somewhere not too far away. 😊

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    1. Ah, doves! Yes, you are lucky to have spring arrive when it’s supposed to, not weeks, or even months overdue like it is often the case here. All the schools and such are closed here today due to a blizzard that will go into tomorrow.

      MS can also make you uncomfortable in the heat as well, is that correct? Thanks for stopping by, Christine! ❤

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  3. Wicked pictures! Love your weekly posts, somehow I still feel connected to the world when I peruse them, brings me back to a reality that gets lost in the daily shuffle of life. Thanks Jennifer!

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    1. Since the advent and constant use of the internet and all its images, we truly do live in a “global village” today, don’t we? Thanks so much, Nikki, for letting me know how my blog makes you feel connected! It means a lot to me. ❤

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    1. Oh, indeed! Here in Newfoundland, losing the power for a bit during these ice storms – and snowstorms – is not at all unusual. And the branches of big beautiful tress have fallen victim many times.

      Thanks, Mark. 🙂

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  4. This has a very serene appearance, but I’m guessing movement within it is almost impossible: I mean, how do you stay upright? Or is it simpler just to lie down on your stomach and paddle around, like a seal? The photos are beautiful, BTW! Here in northern UK Winter has been kind so far – there are few dramas happening at the moment, and halfway through February we are already anticipating Spring , and warmer rain!

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    1. Frederick, salt and sand are used in abundance when this happens, but I do love your paddling seal imagery! ha ha

      The weather sounds much more temperate in the UK; I envy your early Spring like you wouldn’t believe. Thanks for stopping by with your kind comments. 🙂

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  5. The photographs are STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL. Ice is so lovely and so deadly. I love that the sun came out, and no, I haven’t seen ice fog before. That is really creepy! Ice is usually what we get, but our winter this year has only been rain. No snow or ice at all. Lots of 70-degree days in Jan and Feb. It’s pretty crazy, but I’m not complaining.
    Wonderful images.

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    1. You’re welcome, Kath. There was barely a breeze that day, so it wasn’t too cold. I managed to take pics without gloves on. Today the sun is brilliantly beautiful and blinding on the snow, and more snow is on the way tonight. So very different from your world, hey?

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    1. Thank you, and nice to hear from you again. 🙂 Yes, apparently, the other Atlantic provinces have gotten walloped with snow, and the west coast of Newfoundland. The amount we have gotten pales in comparison. How is the weather in Italy this time of year?

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      1. It’s always a pleasure reading you Jennifer! In central Italy it’s sunny, 11 degrees Celsius! We got some snow the very last days of December, but nothing comparable to what’s happening in Nova Scotia! We can’t wait for spring to come! 😉

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