9 Jan
After a snow storm I can look out my kitchen window and see icicles forming on my neighbor’s eaves. I get a kick out of watching them grow to extraordinary lengths. Don’t forget that you can click on a photo to enlarge it.
Icicles, generally speaking, don’t form on my house because of my rain gutters being in the way. This last storm disproved that theory. There was a lot roof top snow that also filled the gutters, thus giving the icicles a way to form.  This was fun to watch because some of them even bent to conform to the gutter’s shape. My longest ‘sicle was 29”
The longest icicle was in back of the house where a drainpipe was overworked. The ice stretched all the way to the ground. Is that really an icicle? I’m not sure.
Even a drainpipe had a few icicles.
I began to notice icicles all around my property. Here is one under one of my birdbaths.
Tiny icicles on a bird feeder.
They were in trees. This one reminds me of an oil can spout that railroaders used to use with steam engines.
There was even a frozen bee in front of the house.
The chimney was not to be left out.

All this beauty and looking for fun things in the snow must come to an end sooner or later.  We have a relatively warm rain today that is quickly melting the snow.  Most of you know an “atmospheric river” hit the West Coast and California’s Central Valley very hard yesterday.  It’s now in our area.  We are also concerned for floods as this melted snow must find its way to the Carson River and other waterways in Western Nevada.  So right now, at this minute, I’m hoping the forecasters are right in saying we will have snow on the valley floors tonight, thus saving some of the area from flooding.

Check the photos below. You are able to use the arrows to wipe back and forth to contrast the photos of basically the same area.

Here is a contrast of right after our last storm and today as of 9:57 am. Yes, it looks as though there is still a lot of snow on the ground. That’s true, but there was a lot more yesterday. It also looks like a lot because I had to pile up snow to make a driveway for a vehicle.

This is what I call Lake Stephanie that is no more than 200 yards from my house as the crow flies. It’s created by drainage from the Pine Nuts range you see off in the distance. This water will sit here for months or until it dries up or eventually seeps over to the Carson River. Normally it is very as a bone. It’s here again and looks just like this except it was ice yesterday. (Taken in 2017)
This is also from 2017 but shows you what floods can do to our Carson Valley. Taken from Kingsbury Grade on the way up to Lake Tahoe. The Pine Nuts are in the horizon.

Still, this area has a special hold over me and my psyche. As I’ve said before, I love this place with all its quirks. It keeps me going.

5 Responses to “Icicles”

  1. Barbara Allen January 9, 2023 at 10:40 am #

    Holy Cow! that’s a lot of snow!!!!

    Great pix!!!

    Barbara Allen barblallen@mac.com cell: 714.329.8131


  2. Glenda Gregory January 9, 2023 at 1:51 pm #

    Mother Nature is wondrous and sure lets us know who is in charge! Reminds me of winters in Maryland. The photos are great—poor little bee.

  3. Schildmeier January 10, 2023 at 5:55 am #

    All the beauty of winter! Thank you, Cora. I I also understand why you feel so special about the area you live in. It IS special – for those who are able to see it. I also understand what you are worried about. I hope all goes well when spring comes. Love, Angel


  4. howard&sherrill harrison January 10, 2023 at 6:57 am #

    Hi Cora,  Thanks for the pictures.  They are beautiful, but I cannot imagine coping with snow and ice. We are having enough trouble dealing with wind and rain.  Love, Sherry 

    Sent from Yahoo for iPad

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