#icestorm2013 – There’s Ice in My Garden

On the weekend of December 21st a major ice storm hit southern Ontario. The ice weighed down the trees, and many of the larger trees broke (current estimates are that Toronto lost 20 per cent of its tree canopy due to this one storm.) Breaking tree limbs took out hydro lines and a large chunk of the city was without power for days. We lost power on the morning of the 22nd and regained it (after a chilly 54 hours) on the afternoon of the 24th. We were very fortunate to have a gas stove that worked if you lit the burners with a match. It kept the house a little bit warm, enabled us to cook, and provided that most important life source–coffee! Our garden didn’t suffer any damage, but it did spend a week or so burdened with a heavy coating of ice, topped off later by some snow. It was beautiful, especially when the light hit it. I ventured out a few times to make some photos. I broke them up into four chunks. For best viewing, click the first photo of each group to enlarge, and then click on the arrows to advance through the group. Front yard: [shashin type=”photo” id=”141,143,144,145,147,148,149,150,151,152,154,155,156,157,158,159″ size=”small” columns=”2″ order=”user” caption=”y” position=”center”] Back yard: [shashin type=”photo” id=”160,161,162,164,165,166,167,168,169,201,170,171,172,173″ size=”small” columns=”2″ order=”user” caption=”y” position=”center”] Front yard on a sunny day: [shashin type=”photo” id=”176,178,179,180,181,182,183,184,175″ size=”small” columns=”2″ order=”user” caption=”y” position=”center”] Sparkling back yard: [shashin type=”photo” id=”185,186,187,188,189,190,191,192,193,194,195,196,197,198,200″ size=”small” columns=”2″ order=”user” caption=”y” position=”center”]

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