Frozen

Residents of the Upstate woke to a winter wonderland today, but what looks like snow is actually ice.  After a couple hours of sleet on Monday afternoon our precipitation turned to freezing rain and then back to sleet as darkness fell.  This morning we have a coating of ice on trees and shrubs, plus more than an inch of sleet on the ground and roadways.

Camellia japonica 'Memphis Belle'

Camellia japonica ‘Memphis Belle’

Native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) coated in ice.

Native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) coated in ice.

Looks like Big Red is parked for today.

Looks like Big Red is parked for today.

Needless to say, the feeders have been busy.  Plus, my visiting grandchildren, Caitlin and David, helped me tear old bread and mix it with seed for those that feed from the ground.  While the birds have been busy warming up, we’ve been busy watching from the windows.

Male Northern Cardinal, looking for a spot at the feeders.

Male Northern Cardinal, looking for a spot at the feeders.

The long view...

The long view…

 

23 thoughts on “Frozen

    1. Erin

      I was so busy forwarding yesterday’s blog to bird-loving friends, that I neglected to fill my feeder. Hubby tossed out ground oatmeal bread and seed onto our driveway this morning, as we enjoyed our “bird’s eye” view from a window over a second cup of coffee. The morning was magical!
      Thanks for beautiful photos and inspiring posts…..

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  1. Gloria Ballard

    Yep, this is pretty much how things looked in Nashville yesterday! A good day to enjoy the sights from the warmth of your living room.

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  2. pbmgarden

    The ice always looks beautiful but I know it can be treacherous. We had more sleet than frozen rain, but looks like it’s going to be severely cold this week. Stay warm.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Susie–Thankfully most of the ice melted from the trees late this afternoon. Tomorrow’s forecast is for a high of 39 F, then we won’t have above freezing temps again until Saturday. What has happened to our mild winter? I’m feed up with this bitter cold stuff.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      John–I always have House Finches with their red-faced males, but seldom see the Purple Finch with its overall wine coloring and burgundy eye stripe. I hope I can get a photo tomorrow.

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  3. Cathy

    The long view is so lovely, but I am sorry to see what has happened to your Camellia Marian! I hope there won’t be any branch damage. We had very wet and heavy snow a few weeks ago that then froze on the trees and it did a lot of damage in some areas. Take care if you have to go out on that ice.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Cathy–Thankfully, most of the ice on trees and shrubs had melted by late afternoon. January and February has brought bitter weather to many, hasn’t it? I’m usually quite happy with winter, but I’ll be especially grateful for spring’s arrival this year.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Julie–We have windows on two sides of the kitchen. The triple window over the sink (in a recent post) looks up the river from one side of the house, while this view across the river is from the back of the house. What looks like a park on the far side of the river is a golf course, but we love having the beautiful view.

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  4. Sharon Lanier

    Yes, your long view is gorgeous cloaked in snow & ice! Love the bird photos. They always make me smile! I saw a Downey woodpecker today as I went to get mail. We also have red finches roosting at night in the grapevine garland above our door. Looks like another round of winter storms coming tomorrow. Stay warm!

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