My area of Tennessee barely escaped a serious ice storm last night. Luckily the rain stopped before enough ice accumulated to cause significant issues. Only some small areas had power outages for part of the day; no problems at my house. Greatly different than the massive storm of 1994.
I managed to get home in time for a little light and got a few images.
Remember my finches on the coneflowers last summer? Well the poor finches weren't so happy today. They were swarming the bird feeder for sunflower seeds.
Hi Diane, Nice detail on all three, especially the birds. The grey skies worked well as a nice backdrop to highlight the birds colors. The ice on the branches is a nice addition...at least in the pictures. Small birds that move quickly are a challenge, you did well to keep these sharp. Which lens did you use?
Wow, your birds are beautiful. Especially #3 is special. Usually when we have branches or twigs covered by some form of water, it's either snow or frost, neither of which are transparent. But you have ice as clear as glass. It looks like you had supercooled water raining on the trees, and this froze into solid ice. I have seen it several times but probably never a layer as thick as this.
Fri 18-Jan-13 01:15 AM | edited Fri 18-Jan-13 01:16 AM by coolmom42
That is exactly what we had, Antero, and it is nasty stuff. Temp was 32 degrees F and raining. Another hour of it and we would have started to have significant damage. We had a terrible ice storm in 1994, a huge swath of the mid-southern US was hit. The utility companies ran out of poles and transformers and were shipping them in from all over the country, along with repair crews. Some households were 3 weeks without electricity; 9 days at my house. Not an experience I care to repeat.
Thanks for looking!
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Diane these are really nice. I especially like the second image with its strong graphics. The first bird looks like it spent a little too much time at your feeder. Your images are like the other recent east coast shots that took advantage of the greyed out conditions to create wonderfully soft backgrounds for your birds to stand out against.