February 14, 2007 [LINK / comment]

An icy Valentine's Day

One of the remarkable things about Nature is how awesome beauty and extreme danger often go hand in hand: waterfalls, volcanoes, heavy surf, and icebergs, to name just a few. Last night Virginia and much of the Mid-Atlantic region suffered a major ice storm, and several thousand people in the Augusta County area were left without electric power or heat. The views this morning of all the ice-covered trees was truly spectacular, however, especially when the sun came out.

Icy tree twigs

On my way in to help with the local Red Cross chapter this morning, I snapped a photo of these ice-covered tree twigs.

The inconvenience occasioned by the harsh weather may have interrupted many people's plans for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. Can we reschedule?