Thursday, March 20, 2014

Of Ice and Water-droplets--- Close-ups of Nature

Wow! Did we really need more ice?! Thankfully this time there were no power-outages! The land was beautiful outside and we got to observe it from inside our toasty warm house! 






The poor bamboo trees look very forlorn!

At the end of the day, the ice had melted and all we had left was very soggy ground and lots and lots of water-droplets!


This morning, the sun shone bright and cheery, making the droplets look like jewels.









This little fellow is a very good boy... most of the time. Sometimes he likes to roll around in poop. But that is an easy fix on a warm day! Spray him off, scrub him down, towel him mostly dry, and then let him sunbath on the deck! Now he's fluffy again!
This little darling loves to cuddle and give me kisses all over my face. ^.^

Sunday, March 16, 2014

An NC Ice-storm

(This picture has nothing to do with the ice-storm. It was one I took a few days before.)
North Carolina can be a very strange state, weather-wise. One day we will have 70* beautiful, sunny weather and the next we will be getting snow, sleet, ice and temperatures well below freezing! Last week we had weather like that. It was one of the worse ice storms we'd had in a long time. Huge trees were uprooted by the heavy ice clinging to their already budding branches, falling on what ever happened to be in their path: power lines, houses, barns. We were blessed to get power after 3 days. For many, it wasn't until much later. The morning of the ice, I woke up and looked out my window and gasped! The trees were so beautiful! It was like a fairyland. But so deadly. As the day wore on, the snapping and crashing sounds continued and worsened. It wasn't just one tree that had collapsed to the ground, it was several. But why stay inside when you could be out in the winter wonderland, dodging falling limbs and getting soaked by the drizzling rain? And so we all went out to access the damage. The creek, a usually calm, slightly more than trickling thing, was now rising. It would overflow its banks in a few short hours. Strong, old Leyland Cypress's were toppled like dominoes. Branches were down everywhere. Dad, on his way to work, had to pull heavy trees out of the road with his truck so he could pass by. So much damage. So many huge trees down. The storm was so powerful. And yet God is way more powerful and He was the one who planned this storm even from the beginning of time. He knew where each tree would fall.



Our road before we were trapped.


The creek before it got its highest.


The huge and once beautiful maple that fell.

My house.


The damage seen from the kitchen window.

See! Its supposed to be SPRING!!!



After we got trapped in our house. Notice there is no power-line up.

(If you want to see what the creek usually looks like, you can go to this post. The girls were sitting on the log to the right.)

The sun decided to come out at the end of the day.



Melting.

A gorgeous sunset!

This is a star I found in the oak that fell across the road.

We were so happy to see these guys! 

Raising the power-lines!

The power is on! Now we don't have to eat pop-tarts!

This is along the same creek, just farther down. Do you see how far the water went out?!

Yep.... That's us... trespassing..

The storm is over.