These were taken from our driveway the day after an ice storm last week.
Ice storms make for great sparkly photos with lots of cool reflections and lens flare, and the results are very pretty to look at on a clear sunny day.
For those not familiar with them, ice storms occur when the air in the clouds is above freezing while the air on or near the ground is below freezing.
The moisture in the clouds falls as rain but as these water droplets make contact with things on the ground they freeze, forming a clear coat of ice on everything.
But there’s a not-so-nice side to ice storms as well: the longer it rains with the ground temperatures in the right range, the thicker and heavier the accumulating ice becomes.
Branches become heavier and sometimes break right off, or cause entire trees to topple over, falling onto power lines and causing blackouts.
We were lucky to be spared in our neighbourhood, but last week’s storm knocked out power to over 66,000 residences in southwestern Quebec leaving some people in the freezing cold without power for as long as 48 hours. Not fun.
But it sure makes for pretty pictures doesn’t it?
As always, thanks for looking 🙂