We had just enough ice last week to give the backyard a very different look, and it was fun to get out and look around. The wire fence around the compost pile was strung with crystal beads that struck me as somewhat ‘arty’.
I found the ice-covered fruit and buds of the red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) quite beautiful.
The nut feeder with its fringe of small icicles reminded me of a crystal chandelier, but the ice didn’t keep our male downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) from feeding as usual.
We’ve experienced ice storms that were destructive and scary. This time we got the beauty without any broken tree limbs or icy roads, and I enjoyed the temporary backyard ‘artwork’.