After the first two days of lingering snow and arctic temperatures in North Carolina
, I am reminded that this degree of a cold snap does occurr about every 25 to 30 years here Downeast.
When the ice took over, it was unrelenting, and even with the full sun of cloudless days, there was spare melting of the snow. The pond hardened to a thickening plane, where walking without cracking the ice was probable, and whatever snow that stuck to the ice stayed stuck, regardless of the continual sunshine of the past two and one half days.
On Frozen Pond: Above. After more than two full days of melt, much of the snow remains and the pond has a much harder surface (compare to the same image here two days earlier): Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
The Deatherage pond is compact, but its precious miniature shoreline projects a curved perspective that is pleasing to eye under certain conditions - snow is one of them.
The frozen Cypress pond, with its white freeze and the shadows stretching wide upon its hard surface: Above and below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
I may have over emphasized my Cypress pond with all these many images; however, there are so many more, just as interesting; all waiting to be revealed.
A frozen perspective of water in and unnatural state: Above and below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
I took so many pictures to preserve this most spectacular display of nature's raw power for abrupt change. It was an imperative for me to preserve these rare moments.
Frozen foliage - cold collards wilted, waiting for the thaw and replenishment to their former state - a tasty nourishment if prepared perfectly: Above. From my yard, abundantly planted in Christmas colors, I make wreaths; frozen here: Below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
In the essence of "a picture is worth a thousand words", I limit my verbosity in this post except to warn: I have one more post of the event; with the next post being of the frozen Pamlico River on the last full day of the deep freeze fro this Bomb Cyclone.
When it is this cold, this frozen; birds - the cardinal and the woodpecker - are very needful: Above and below. photos by Stan Deatherage Click images to expand.
This journal of images continues here until part of this weather story is patially told.
Images of places in North Carolina, and in particular Downeast, taken by Stan Deatherage - currently for sale as high quality, framable prints - have been assembled here.