The destructive power of ice

After many days of freezing rain, the weight of the ice pulled heavily on the branches. They were encased in ice.

The sheer weight of accumulated ice astounds me. It bent the trees under its weight and in many cases broke them, taking down hydro wires in the process. This picture show the trees two days after the ice storm:

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After days of darkness, the power is back on. I am very thankful for the privilege of having access to electricity. Thank you, Ice Storm 2013, for reminding me that while I can survive without it, electricity is great to have when the temperature is -17C (that’s 1.4F for my American friends – yes, that’s one-point-four).

Thank you turmoil, for showing me what I take for granted. I’m humbled.

Happy holidays everyone!