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Cedar elms with ice

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On March 4 of 2014 I braved the cold and went to Great Hills Park to photograph some ice-covered plants, including these cedar elms, Ulmus crassifolia. Like the recently shown picture of a snow-covered live oak, this photograph is in color, though you could easily mistake it for a (brown-toned) black and white.

For many of you up north this won’t be an unusual sight, but it’s a rarity in Austin and that’s why I made myself go out to see what I could record.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 4, 2015 at 4:59 AM

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  1. We had a little ice yesterday morning. Later in the day it started falling and made it hard to have a nap. Pieces were pecking at the skylight and roof.

    Jim in IA

    March 4, 2015 at 7:47 AM

    • Just as long as pieces were pecking at the skylight and not through it. Maybe ice, like children in an admonition of old, should be seen and not heard.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM

      • Because of my concern for breakable skylight windows, I put a protective cover over it. I found a 2×4 ft metal shelf that has 1/8″ steel rods across it 1″ apart. I mounted that on wooden supports so it is above the skylight. It lets sunlight come thru. Hail bigger than 1″ gets blocked. Little stuff won’t break it. I rest easier during those storms. The falling ice off the trees was tiny, but annoying. 🙂

        Jim in IA

        March 4, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    • Same here, Jim! I couldn’t seem to shake the need for a nap, yet the ice kept hitting the house. Today is much clearer, both of sky and mind 🙂


      March 4, 2015 at 9:17 AM

      • Can’t say the same for Austin. Since we returned on Friday afternoon the sky has remained overcast and there’s been intermittent fog and drizzle (which continues as I write this). While the temperature has gradually risen into the 60s, another bout of freezing is predicted for tonight. I spotted a couple of species of wildflowers yesterday and was planning to photograph them this morning, but no go.

        Steve Schwartzman

        March 4, 2015 at 9:32 AM

        • Yes, I’ve been surprised by the weather that has been coming your way. Bummer!


          March 4, 2015 at 9:38 AM

          • Oh well, sweet are the uses of adversity: the better to keep working on pictures from New Zealand, which I expect to start showing next week. And here’s the rest of the quote:

            Sweet are the uses of adversity,
            Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
            Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;
            And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
            Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
            Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.

            As You Like It, Act 2, scene 1, 12–17

            Steve Schwartzman

            March 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM

  2. Beautiful!


    March 4, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    • It was, but cold.

      We’ve had drizzle on and off for days now, and the forecast calls for freezing tonight, so maybe Austin will be treated to a similar sight in the morning.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2015 at 12:56 PM

  3. That looks cold. Great photo.

    Raewyn's Photos

    March 4, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    • As I recall, it was cold. As I also recall, I left the Northeast to get away from much colder winters.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2015 at 3:29 PM

  4. It’s now expected to be 39C (102.2F) today where I live – our hottest March day on record so the weather is a little crazy in a few places around the world. It’s so strange to think you are experiencing the other extreme. A beautiful picture.


    March 4, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    • Of course this is the Northern Hemisphere and we’re in our winter, so cold isn’t unexpected, while you’re in your summer, so heat isn’t a surprise (except maybe the degree of it). In Texas in August, during the height of our summer, it’s not unusual for temperatures in the afternoon to get over 100°F (38°C).

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2015 at 9:35 PM

  5. We have been melting for two days now, but that comes to an end today. It returns over the weekend and for a change maybe no Sunday snow.

    Steve Gingold

    March 5, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    • What? No Sunday snow? Oh, you slackers up there in the Northeast. Even if you put off the snow, I bet you won’t postpone Daylight Saving Time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2015 at 8:28 AM

  6. I rarely experience fragrance when I look at photos of wildflowers, but I always hear the sound of breaking and falling ice when I see a photo like this. Heavy ice toppling large branches isn’t so pleasant, but lighter ice sounds delicate as it falls: like crystal.


    March 5, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    • I’m fond of that tinkling sound too, but 2015 (at least this first winter in the calendar year) hasn’t let me hear it. I’d hoped for this morning, but that didn’t even come close to happening.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM

  7. Makes me feel right at home, Steve!


    March 6, 2015 at 9:06 PM

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