Tuesday, June 15, 2010

(Day 166) Ice storm aftermath

You might be wondering why I'd be talking about an ice storm at this time of year. Canadian weather can be wacky, but not THIS wacky! No, don't worry, the weather has actually been lovely and well-behaved this spring.

However, when I'm out walking around our piece of land, the scars of the greatest ice storm in the last 100 years can be seen off the beaten path. I'm just posting a couple of photos but these scenes are repeated throughout the region. Near the beaten path I've cleaned up a lot of the tree damage, but a lot of it is in places where it's difficult to clear away. So we'll just let nature take its course and reclaim the fallen.

(18-55mm  f7.1  1/25 sec  ISO200)

















(18-55mm  f7.1  1/40 sec  ISO200)

22 comments:

darlin said...

Wow, now that's some serious damage. That was only in '98? The photos speak volumes as to the damage which was done, another great post Rick.

Have a wonderful holiday and I'm looking forward to your photos when you have the time to post.

Cheers!

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

good reportage..impressive images!!

M. Hassan said...

Wow, that is really wacky....

Never thought that and Ice storm can be that dangerous.

Thanks for the history and the vintage shots.

CarreraCaballo said...

An Ice Storm can be brutal sometimes :-/
Last Winter in Heidelberg an Ice Storm knocked down a bunch of massive trees. The ancient oak trees were cracked at the stems, there was no way in putting them back in the ground again or rescue them!

Greetz,

Joseph

Krista said...

Nature sure is impressive! We have areas like that too, that are so damaged from high winds. We don't get big storms here usually though; just cold.

These shots are neat and I love the black and white. It reminds me of old tv!

Rick said...

@darlin - thanks Darlene; we're stuck in an airport in the US waiting for (believe it!) a FLAT tire! So I have some time to catch up on comments. Yes, this damage is from 12 years ago and still very evident - good thing I was living in Calgary then.

Have a great day.

Rick said...

@Costea Andrea Mihai - thank you Costea (maybe I need a job in photojournalism :)

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - not sure if you followed the link but there are impressive photos of the actual event there; mine are 12 years later. Thanks M.

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - yes Joseph, they create a lot of havoc and damage. Too bad about the oak trees - they take a long time to grow that big!

M. Hassan said...

I did follow the link and that's why I said its really wacky.

Rick said...

@Krista - high winds can also do a lot of damage. I thought b&w would show the damage better - parts of some trees survived and there's green here and there among the fallen trunks and limbs. Thanks for stopping by; I'm in transit (in limbo is a better term) right now :-)

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - ahh, got it, and you're right! Thanks M.

J.J.S. said...

B&W really does work well for your shots here. I like the contrast.

CarreraCaballo said...

Wow the link is impressive ! ! !

By the way, good luck with the tire :-D

Greetz,

Joseph

imac said...

You sure live in a wonderful place Rick, and capture all its beauty.

teca said...

Gostei muito do seu relato... as fotos me impressionaram... o preto e branco deu vida à notícia.

Beijos.

Rick said...

@J.J.S. - thank you Joel. A lot of the trees were decapitated and I thought b&w would show the damage better.

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thanks Joseph. Well, as they were repairing the tires they also found brake problems, so everyone had to get off the plane for 2 hours! Made it after a 3-1/2 hour delay (but the plane landed and stopped safely!).

Rick said...

@imac - thank you mac; one can look around wherever one lives and find subjects of interest and beauty.

Rick said...

@teca - thank you very much!

Jeanne Klaver said...

A tangled mess of branches

Rick said...

@Jeanne Klaver - yes, more than 12 years after the fact.