Wednesday Vignette: Melting Ice Sculpture

I woke up Sunday morning to My Pirate opening the bedroom curtains and happily pointing at the big fluffy snowflakes coming down. I jumped out of bed, threw on my clothes and grabbed my camera as I stepped out the door. And I took a series of out of focus shots. Note to self: drink my coffee before operating a camera!

In the afternoon, rain started to fall and freeze over the top of the snow. Freezing rain smells crystalline clean and the trees start to creak with the ice. I remember the scent and noise from my childhood. My Mom would stand at the open front door and whisper, "freezing rain." A quiet hush fell over the neighborhood except for the lunatics on their go-carts and four wheelers that roared by our house narrowly missing the neighbors truck. 

The next morning, we slid on our cleats and took a walk through the corn field near our house. When we returned home, I photographed the details of the melting ice. A chickadee landed on my tripod and kept me company for a few moments before returning to the feeder. I took these two shots looking up at the ice on a branch of the Coral Bark Japanese Maple. They are unusual looking and I haven't decided if I like them yet. What do you think?

Please go visit Anna at Flutter and Hum who hosts the Wednesday Vignette meme! Thanks for hosting, Anna. What do you find interesting in your garden right now?