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An Icy Wonderland

Ice covering several small branches.

Recently I’ve chatted with a few of you around the world about having opposite seasons. Today provided me the perfect opportunity to share a little winter magic with those of you enduring the sweltering heat!

I woke up to an ice storm. We have around one or two ice storms a year, and despite threatening to steal our power and damage our trees, they’re incredible beautiful. Almost magical.

You can hear loud “cracks” when branches burst under the weight of the ice. And if you step outside, the slow melt of a million icicles sounds like a gentle summer rain.

It’s kind of awesome and terrifying all at once. I’m always anxious as the ice falls, and mesmerized when it passes.

So anyway, here are some photos I snapped this morning. I’m so happy to capture these pictures and carry them with me throughout the year. I know they’ll provide some inspiration for my manuscript, and hopefully can offer you a little something too!

Wishing you a very happy weekend ahead, no matter what season you’re in! ♡

PS: Have you ever seen an ice storm before?

Ice covering a small pine tree.

Ice on a hanging pine branch.

Ice covering several small branches.

A blue birdhouse covered in ice.

Ice covering the grass.

Ice on a bare tree branch.

Ice covering a yellow bird house

Ice covering tree branches.

Ice covering grass.

A small branch covered in ice.


  • Michele Lee
    February 23, 2023 at 10:34 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Samantha. Appears magical to me. I enjoyed reading your description. Best writing wishes to you!

  • Tom
    February 28, 2023 at 6:18 am

    Beautiful photographs here, especially the birdhouses rimmed with icicles – captures such a magical scene! 🙂

    • Samantha Burgett
      March 1, 2023 at 4:08 pm

      Thank you! That photo was one of my favorites as well. I was so happy to see capture it before it melted!

  • Tyler james
    March 28, 2023 at 12:49 am

    Beautiful photographs such a magical scene! Best wishes to you!

  • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    April 1, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Lovely, sparkling photos, Samantha. <3 When I lived in DC on the eighth floor, we had a wonderful view of icy treetops shining in the morning sun! Ice storms are treacherous, but beautiful!I have lived in Florida since 1995, so don't see too much ice here. 🙂

    • Samantha Burgett
      April 3, 2023 at 2:47 pm

      Ohh it would be incredible to view the ice from above! I bet that was breathtaking. ❄️ Florida certainly has her own charms too—I enjoyed your recent lighthouse photos from Biscayne National Park and miss the The Keys terribly!

      • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
        April 3, 2023 at 2:52 pm

        My daughters are pretty good photographers. Are you from the Keys, Samantha? I have been there a few times, and it is a lovely area.

      • Samantha Burgett
        April 3, 2023 at 2:56 pm

        I’m from Ohio, now living in Michigan. But I’ve always felt drawn to the ocean and had an incredible trip a few years ago to the Miami area.

  • Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
    April 1, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    I especially like the shot of the bird feeder! <3

  • Rameen
    July 24, 2023 at 12:03 am

    Beautiful photographer such a magical scene.


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