A few days before Christmas, Southern Ontario was hit with an ice storm. We have had plenty of freezing rain before, but this was different. Usually after a period of freezing rain, the temperature rises enough to melt the ice and it’s gone in matter of hours. That didn’t happen this time. Instead, the ice stayed on the trees, power lines, houses, cars, and sidewalks. Many trees fell or had their branches break, falling on cars, and also downing power lines causing a massive power outage. Thousands of people had no power for days, some for over a week. They had no lights, and no heat over Christmas. I can’t imagine not having heat for a day, never mind a week. We were lucky at our house, we only lost power for a few hours.
There have been hundreds of photos posted online of the damage done by the storm. I did not take any of those photos. Instead, I tried to take advantage of the wonderland that had been presented to us. Driving along the local roads, I felt like I was in a movie, it didn’t seem real. It felt like we were in Narnia, and it was like that for days. Every time I went outside, I was distracted by glistening ice on the branches, grass, shrubs, everything. To quote my husband, “even the ugliest trees are beautiful right now”. Below are some of the images I took during and after the storm.
Saturday, December 21st 2013 These shots were taken in my backyard on Saturday morning. We had some rain over night which had froze, but the big storm hadn’t arrived yet.
Sunday, December 22nd 2013 After the storm, our family went exploring one of our favourite spots in town. We couldn’t believe what we saw, absolutely everything was covered in ice. Walking was difficult in this area, as there was no path or pavement, just deep snow covered with a thick crust of ice. I loved walking on the snow like that, it brought back memories from my childhood of walking on icy snow. Now as an adult, I fall through the ice from my weight, but not this time…the ice was that thick. Only once in a while would I hit a soft spot and fall through. It made for quite the slippery and dangerous walk, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to take photos.
Monday, December 23rd 2013 The sun came out on Monday and everything sparkled. I took a walk down to the park next to our school to get a few shots.
Thursday, December 26th 2013 We awoke to snowfall on Boxing Day. Now all those ice covered branches were blanketed with a fresh coat of snow. I knew we had to get ourselves to Cullen Park before the snow had a chance to melt. I had to get a shot of the tree path. We wandered around there for quite a while, and despite the cold, we didn’t want to come home. It truly was a winter wonderland.
I’m pretty sure this is going to be our Christmas card next year.
I have plans for this as a 20 x 40 canvas.