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    An Icy Winter Wonderland

    We had a white and icy Christmas in Michigan this year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen ice stay on the trees this long. The ice has weighted down the trees. Branches have taken down a lot of power lines in the area. There are some people who have been without power for almost a week. David’s family lost power for 3 days, but fortunately it was restored on Christmas Eve Day.

    The ice is beautiful and terrifying. Especially when the sun comes out, it’s as though the road is lined with crystal chandeliers. You can hear the ice and branches falling, especially out on the farm. It’s a chorus of shattering glass.

     

    Icy bush

     

    Icy bush

     

    Icy bush

     

    Many trees are so heavy, they’ve bowed over the road:

     

    Weighed over tree branch

     

    Iced over branches

     

    Tree with ice

     

    Icy branches

     

    Icy pine

     

    Icy branch

     

    This poor tree by one of the barns lost half of its branches. David said they will probably cut the rest down once it’s warmer. We’re fortunate that branches have not fallen on the house or our cars. We haven’t seen the damage inside of the maple woods yet, but we know it’s brought down some of the tap lines.

     

    Ice damage to a tree

     

    Icicles on the fence

     

    On our way to break, David’s aunt called us and told us to check out a bald eagle in someone’s yard. It was so cool to see it sitting on the icy branches:

     

    Icy tree and bald eagle

     

    David took the Gator out to the edge of the woods and ran into some deer. A couple of these were trophy bucks. He purchased his hunting license last night, so hopefully he’ll get some venison before the end of break.

     

    Deer in the snow

     

    Deer running in the snow

     

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