Thunder Ice

Icicle (author photo)

It’s still October, right? It is, isn’t it? It’s been hard to tell by the weather in the Texas Panhandle this week.

We’ve had Ice Rain and Thunder Ice. It hasn’t snowed. But everything is super frozen.

It’s strangely beautiful to see green things encased in ice. Like my fennel plant and small blades of grass.

fennel (author photo)
Tiny grass heads (author photo)

Green herbs (mint), kale, and tomatoes appear to be alive and well under glass.

mint (author photo)
kale (author photo)
tomatoes (author photo)

I drove through town on the way to the pharmacy and saw the explanation for our power outage. Trees are down, branches blocking the road, and electrical lines are frozen.

frozen world (author photo)
One of many downed trees. This one stayed in the yard. More were spread all over the street. (Author photo)
power lines (author photo)

Walking around the orchard and garden was beautiful. I’m fascinated by all the ice bubbles and icicles. Everything was dripping and crackling. Even the turkeys looked frozen.

SirSur (author photo)
PomPom (author photo)
SirSur and PomPom (author photo)
frozen weeds (author photo)
chicken wire (author photo)
Chicken wire (author photo)
Mulberry bush and trees (author photo)

It was beautiful for a few minutes. Then it was just cold. Chicken noodle soup, here I come!

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