|Edge Hill Road at the entrance to my preserve after the ice storm|
Kali and I "camped out" in the living room near the wood stove for the duration. We brought the two cats (who don't like one another) into the room with us, along with our parrot (in his cage, of course). We all got as close to the stove as we dared. Despite our tribulations, though, we had it better than many folks in the area because at least we had a stove and firewood; many other customers just shivered in their houses, some of which got down very near freezing day after day.
This storm was second only to Hurricane Sandy (August 2012) in terms of the number of electric customers affected. Utility crews from all over the eastern United States and eastern Canada descended onto us in an effort to restore power. Our service was restored by a crew from Georgia Power (who had just come from their own ice storm nightmare two weeks ago).
|Some of the non-native firs and spruces in the preserve held up fairly well to snow cover|
|A white pine just inside our driveway that, like most of the white pines on the property, suffered many broken limbs|
|A trail runs down the center of this allee of white pines|
|Kali detouring around a fallen tree blocking the trail|
If storms like Hurricane Sandy and this ice storm continue to strike the preserve with regularity, there won't be anything left to preserve. The trees will be damaged or killed, and then sunlight will stream into the woods and allow invasive vines to overwhelm the forest. It's all very discouraging.