Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Ice Clouds

In the Central Valley, when there is a danger of a hard freeze, orange growers will water their orange trees coating them in ice to protect them.  It seems counter-intuitive, and yet it works.  Well it turns out the same thing is true for the saplings at this reforestation farm along the Lewis River near Woodland, Washington.  Fields with trees less than a year old received a heavy dose of ice this week, as did the two year old hemlock field that I photographed here.  I guess hemlock saplings are just extra sensitive to the cold.  After several years, these little saplings are sold to foresting companies to replant forests after logging.  As far as the photography goes, this sure made for a surreal scene!  I was imagining it like a forest in the clouds.

8 comments:

Giga said...

Nie miałam pojęcia, że coś takiego się robi. Na zdjęciu ciekawie to wygląda. Pozdrawiam.
I had no idea that something like that is done. In the picture it looks interesting. Yours.

Gin G said...

The ice had made for some very interesting photos, but makes us cautions about walking and driving. A beautiful shot of the trees.

Lynette said...

So amazing! I had no idea. Thanks!

TexWisGirl said...

how very cool! (no pun intended). had no idea that was done! this photo makes me think of lollipops.

The Greenockian said...

Interesting post and beautiful photograph!
Liz

Gail Dixon said...

Icing orange trees and saplings really does seem counter-intuitive. I had no idea...fascinating. Your photo is awesome!!

Sketchbook Wandering said...

Melissa, this is stunningly beautiful!!

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Mystical shot -- barbara