Monday, December 23, 2013

Ice Storm, Picture Heavy

Crab apple, Malus X robusta

Close up of crabapple branch

Twenty year old Carpathian Walnut, Juglans regia.   I wonder if there is enough heartwood for a gun stock.

Closer view of walnut

A couple of Sawtooth Oak, Quercus acutissima

Autumn Olive, Elaeagnus umbellata, branch hanging over trail.

Burr Oak, Quercus macrocarpa (Latin for big seed)

Close up of ice encrusted oak leaves.  Oak hang onto their leaves.  It is almost as if they want to be evergreens.  Perhaps part of oak's legendary toughness is because you need to be tough if you hang onto your leaves and want to survive ice storms.

The deer and rabbits are eating well.  All of these dropped limbs provides a bonanza for browsing animals.


  1. Yes we did. Our house is fine. We had a few flickers of the power and I need to reset the time on the microwave. But otherwise, mostly a non-even for us.

    Others have not been so lucky. Many, include some in the City of Lansing, are without power until Saturday. No power, no heat. In the country, no power, no heat, no water pressure.

    The gym was really hopping yesterday. I think many were in to use the shower facilities.

    Mom and Dad lost power and they are spending the duration with one of my sisters.

    Thanks for reading and thanks for commenting.



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