It's a particularly happy New Year's Eve here, as we have just had our power reconnected after being without for 53 hours. It's been quite the last few days, after we were hit hard by an ice storm (freezing rain) on Friday. Lots of pictures and lots to say, but I'm just going to do a quick post about Anna, an Anna's Hummingbird, and the ice storm.
This is Anna on Thursday or Friday as the freezing rain was starting to stick on the window. Thursday it wasn't bad, and in the evening we had a bit of a warming spell, and most of the ice left, and then it started again with a vengeance overnight and Friday.
The flowering cherry weighted down with ice over the back patio. I took the opportunity to prune the branches back since they were hanging right down within reach!
Anna perched in that same tree. Must make for awfully cold feet!
First feed of the morning. Anna is often waiting for me to put the feeder back out. She may be sitting on the railing a few feet away. Sometimes she is hovering just inches away from my hand as I hang it up.
In the background you can see a big branch from the variegated maple that has broken off. It used to hang low into the chicken field and provide shade and protection for them in the summer. We are all going to miss it.
Waiting to see if I could capture a shot of Anna outside (unsuccessful). The camera doesn't capture it very well, but can you see the sun shining on the ice on the top of the evergreens in the background? Despite all of the sunshine today, very little of the ice melted.
More icy stories to come.
I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you!