The Drama of a Crystal-Coated Garden: Mid-Winter Ice Storm Beauty …
Sunrise Through Crystalline Cornus kousa Branches
Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ Greets Daylight in an Icy Ensemble
Beyond the Kousa Dogwood, Sparkling Twigs of Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Mohawk’ Gleam Against the Still-Dark Hillside
Sunrise moments after an ice storm are always beautiful here on my Vermont hilltop. But the subtle drama of the storm itself —freezing rain, fog and mist— are equally compelling; pulling me like a siren song from the cozy warmth of my studio. And although it took an effort to walk through the garden pathways in such slippery conditions, the surprises I found round each and every corner made the chilly, wet excursion more than worthwhile …
Yesterday Afternoon at Twilight: The same Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’) with a Very Different Look
The Berries of Tea Viburnum (V. setigerum) Dangle Like Exquisite, Ruby-Encrusted Jewels from Chilly Ear Lobes
Icy Globe: Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’
Fanciful, Fridgid Ferns, Rise From Frozen Ground: Ostrich Fern (Mattecuccia pensylvanica)
The Beauty of Glazed, Variegated Daphne Foliage (Daphne x burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’)
In the Calm, Quiet Fog, I Can Almost Hear the Cold-Hearted Cry of this Ice-Burdened Crow (Sculpture by Virginia Wyoming)
Tempting the Tongue: Icicles on Steel Cable
Decked-Out: The Underside of the Balcony’s Steel Grid, Shimmering with Ice
Hops Vine Tangled Â with Ice (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’)
Subtle, January Light through Freezing Fog (Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’)
A Garden of Winter-Muted Colors in Ice and Fog
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8 Replies to “The Drama of a Crystal-Coated Garden: Mid-Winter Ice Storm Beauty …”
beautiful,it’s just like Narnia!
A magical time of day and year – captured beautifully by your artist eye.
“…Can Almost Hear the Cold-Hearted Cry of this Ice-Burdened Crow.”
Well, that answers that question: whether you bring him/them in for the winter, that is.
Much as I love the crystalline beauty of an ice-wrapped landscape, I HATE dealing with the aftermath…
Speaking of which, have you heard any word on how much longer this bizarre “winter” weather is going to last? xo D
Beautiful photos .. winter is one of my favorite times of the year and it’s refreshing (pardon the pun!) to see someone else share the beauty of the season.
Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
They’re beautiful photos. I particularly like “Icy Globe!”
Your photos are absolutely breathtaking. I’m in awe of your gardens as well as your photography. Thanks for sharing your talents.
Dear Petra, Elin, Deb, Cindy, Nancy, Susan and Anne – Thank you so much for the wonderful comments and feedback. I’ve been struggling with yet another winter illness, and I apologize for my slow response. Funny how a gal can go ten years without so much as a sniffle, and then be laid low for an entire season! I appreciate that you are still here with me, sending along sweet words of encouragement … xo Michaela
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