Thursday, February 12, 2009

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - The Sky Has Fallen



After two consecutive days of warmer temperatures and steady downpour, at times torrential, the wind returned in the night. I pulled the duvet up under my chin and listened in the dark as it pounded my house with its fists, and lashed the rain against the window. I slept fitfully, wondering what the wind would do to the weakened ice, and what I would see in the morning. I've heard in times past that the fierce Lake Erie winds have actually pushed ice ashore, and damaged buildings that were set too close to the lake.


This morning, two mountains of piled-up ice, one of them easily two stories tall, sat a safe distance from my part of the shore. The color in the old ice made it look as if the rain had washed the watercolor blue right out of the painted sky, leaving only gray behind, but it's really caused by the filtering of light. (click to enlarge)



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38 comments:

Kallen305 said...

That blue ice is so cool. Especially contrasted againt the gray on the ground and sky.

Connie said...

I made the picture larger and it is amazing how big the ice is. It is colored like a glacier. Nice pictures.

Lin said...

wow that blue color is impressive...i think i would have a hard time sleeping too at night wondering what the wind would do...glad you're okay.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Deb---Beautiful pictures of the ice.. Sorry you had such a torrential storm. We had a storm yesterday too--but luckily, it didn't last long. Our high winds is another story though. There are sticks and twigs and limbs all over the yard. Work to be done!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Sylvia K said...

Awesome shots! Wow! and the blue color is incredible! Really great pics for today's Sky Watch!

Avid Reader said...

beautiful and formidable mother nature!

A blah solid grey day here (blustery too) after some fake spring, so I will have to drag myself outside for a stroll rather than rush outside to partake...ya know?
I need to hit the library any way so no excuses.

Poetikat said...

It looks as if the waves have been frozen in time.
It was a fitful night around here last night too. I didn't think the rain would ever stop pummeling our steel roof!

Kat

Guy D said...

Wow those are beautiful shots Deborah, thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Dewdrop said...

So glad the ice didn't cause any damage this time. Such a dreary grayness. Hope your sun comes out soon.

Som mine dager er said...

Mother Nature at her best. Ice in pictures like these are just stunning.

Happy Skywatch.

Marit

George said...

You got beautiful pictures of the piled-up ice. It's amazing how blue the ice is. I'm certainly glad it didn't get any closer to your home, but I thank you for sharing these with us.

the7msn said...

I've never seen anything like it - guess why that paint chip is called "ice blue." Too cool.

Ana said...

Awesome shots. Looks like that clouds are tired of the ride on the sky, so took the nap? :)

Quiet Paths said...

Deb, I can identify with the wind angst... but hose ice mountains are just unbelievable. What a storm; thanks for sharing these.

bobbie said...

It must be exciting to live so close to Lake Erie and watch the changes going on. Marvelous shots!

Photo Cache said...

the little tinge of blue is very nice.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sure does look stormy!

Glennis said...

Amazing photos, that ice is so blue and pretty, and there is so much of it all piled up.

Lene said...

Amazing Mother Nature!! Great post :)

Laurieluc said...

What interesting colors. The sky looks so gray and cold! Great shots!
Happy SWF, Laurie

Tranquility said...

That is so interesting. I've never seen anything like it. And to wake up to a two story tall ice sculpture? Amazing!

Rune said...

Cool ice shots!

Gill - That British Woman said...

what super photos,

Gill in Canada

The Ridger, FCD said...

That is so cool.

Cloudia said...

"the wind returned in the night. I pulled the duvet up under my chin and listened in the dark as it pounded my house with its fists, and lashed the rain against the window. I slept fitfully, wondering what the wind would do to the weakened ice, and what I would see in the morning."
There are nights on the boat, when I am the person who feels the above. We are one - in different places. your place is truly amazing! Aloha

Babooshka said...

Those really need to be enlarged to see the coolness of the ice.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Even with the rain and thaw, that looks downright cold ... and foreboding. Can spring actually be just weeks away!!! (That's a theoretical question for a Floridian!)

mom/caryn said...

Impressive, allright. And to a native Californian a little scary.

I'm afraid I'd be hanging catatonic on a wall waiting for Spring to arrive.

But, it is beautiful!!

Lilli & Nevada said...

fantastic colors I hope that there are not too many houses close by when this happens

Indrani said...

Blue Ice!!!
Not seen something like that before.

dennis said...

Dennis thinks it looks mighty!

Like Antarctica maybe.

RuneE said...

Interesting - you might have been in the Arctic. Without going there.

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos for sky watch friday, sad that sometimes the most interesting skies are often accompanied with the wildest of weather.

Thanks for sharing with us all.

Dee said...

That is beautiful! Pastel ice!
Thanks for providing the link to the information about it!

indicaspecies said...

What an interesting post. These pictures are both impressive and intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

Shellmo said...

The title is perfect - I do see the blue sky remnants in the ice! Beautiful!

Mary said...

That wind can be so scary, can't it? We had some deaths in NJ from it on Thursday. I'm thinking how awe inspiring it must be to live near a great body of water like Lake Erie... a constant reminder of the power of nature.

Wren said...

Beautiful photo. I'm glad you mentioned the size, since there's no way to judge that in the photo. Wow! That's all I can say, because I've never seen anything like it. It looks like a wave frozen in time.

When you mentioned the ice coming up on the shore, I was thinking of that same incident Mary mentioned, also something I hadn't heard of before and completely scary.