On ice

January 8

“Every single thing changes and is changing always in this world. Yet with the same light the moon goes on shining.” – Saigyo

Our winter this year has been more about ice than snow, sort of perpetual November. These photos were taken in mid-January after an ice storm that left us without power for a day. The trees held the ice for awhile afterwards and I noticed that at sunset, in one particular spot, their branches appeared golden. It had become very cold by the time I decided to wait for the right light to strike the trees, somewhere around -20C. The ice melted on an unseasonably warm and sunny day, but in the woods it was raining.

Black-Eyed Susan

Grape Vine

Lilac Tree


This poor bedraggled Heron hung out in a creek for a few days before the ice came. I hope it flew to a warmer place.

56 Responses to “On ice”
  1. Rebecca says:

    Wow. Your photos are stunning – as always.

  2. Lisa says:

    The moon, hanging low in those trees – incredible. You’ve captured the fragility of a seemingly harsh ice storm. Beautiful.

  3. Sarah says:

    Absolutely gorgeous pictures. Particularly like the sunset pictures..

  4. montucky says:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! You have captured the beauty of the icy winter!

  5. seekraz says:

    They are all so beautiful…and the moon is stunning! Wonderful….

  6. very nice moon and the ice shots are spectacular!

  7. Stunning images, Cait! Like little jewels, ice-encased and brimming with light. Thanks for this marvellous tour through a land of ice.

  8. Meanderer says:

    How beautiful. The ice surrounding the branches and buds is amazing.

  9. sandy says:

    Whoa! it is good that I can type when my breath has been taken!

  10. Donald says:

    we have had more ice than snow here on the coast this winter too. always think that i should go out and take some shots, but never do. sure they wouldn’t hold a candle to yours! thanks for sharing and stay warm!

    • I wonder if winter is going to arrive in the next month and a half or if it will just be a non-winter altogether. I guess we’ll find out 🙂 You definitely should take some shots, donald, your photos are always amazing!

  11. Sheryl says:

    I love your pictures – you have a great eye for Mother Nature’s treats 🙂

  12. skadhu says:

    These are gorgeous photos. We don’t get ice storms much in coastal BC—pictures like this almost make me wish we did. (Wait, what am I saying?)

  13. Your photo of the full moon is stunning, Cait! And the ice covered twigs and buds are sparkly and full of reflected light – beautiful. The bird in the last shot doesn’t look too happy. Do you know what kind it is? Our winter has been pretty much a no-show, too…

    • Thanks so much, Barbara. You’re right, the bird (Great Blue Heron) wasn’t happy-looking at all! Tonight the rising moon was so beautiful again, almost full, with pinks and blues in the sky. I can’t remember a February like this, someone said they saw Robins today. Appreciate you coming by!

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        Hi Cait! I was just wondering, now that it’s two years on, whether it’s normal for the GBH to still be hanging about up your way in February… Or was it because 2012 was the Winter that never really happened? Oh, wait a minute; was that the year where it was 30*C in March? The Clematis were already in bloom and we were sleeping with the windows open (definately NOT normal weather for this end of The Moraine): But hey, we certainly made up for it this year, didn’t we?!

  14. Gasp! Be still my heart!

    These are incredibly beautiful shots!

  15. Kathy says:

    By gosh, I love your photos! You have made ice beautiful to me today. (I just wrote a blog griping about ice problems and challenges.) Thanks for the turnaround…

    • Thanks Kathy! On the day of the ice storm, everything I had to do was cancelled, so thankfully I didn’t have to worry about getting anywhere. Otherwise, I would probably have been griping about it, too!

  16. These are really beautiful, Cait! So perfectly photographed, the magic of the light gilding the ice.

  17. Sybil says:

    Your photos are lovely. ALMOST make me like freezing rain … ALMOST. I hope that poor heron got out of there … and is now winging his way south. He’ll get there just in time to turn around and come back …

  18. Absolutely beautiful images!

  19. jakesprinter says:

    Elegant photo you have here I love all of it 🙂

  20. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful amazing photos!!!

  21. giannina says:

    i love the pictures you are showing here and they make me miss winter 🙂 thanks for that beauty!

    • It seems we have gone straight into summer here in Ontario, it’s hard to believe there was all that ice just a short time ago. Thanks so much for your kind words, giannina, and for coming by!

  22. Bautiful pictures, but that bird seems a bit cold….

  23. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Oops, meant to mention that I love your glacé shots! To me, they’re like a true time capsule, literally frozen in time… Absolutely Gorgeous!

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