A treacherous beauty has arrived

“It occurs to me now that I have never seen the ice-storm put upon canvas, and have not heard that any painter has tried to do it. I wonder why that is. Is it that paint cannot counterfeit the intense blaze of a sun-flooded jewel?”
Mark Twain


Along the moonless landscape, under the cover of darkness, crept a primordial spirit working with sinister glee–toiling throughout the long night painting a dangerously beautiful masterpiece. The innocents who slumbered, wrapped warm in the chaste dreams of ignorant bliss, would soon awaken to a new diamond encrusted twinkling world.


The ancients knew the spirit as Woden or Cailleach Bheur, today it is Old Man Winter who has come calling. With a single sweeping motion of an ice ladened brush, the world has been transformed. Gone from the fleshy fabric of Mother Nature’s genteel handiwork, with the joy of her tactile beauty, is the very essence of life’s warmth. For now, as far as the eye can see, lies a glistening cold, heartless prism.


With each gust of wind, the eery jingle of the massive wind chimes of limbs, full with ice clanging against ice, groaning under the weight of a mantle of water transformed, reminding the brave, who venture out, to be wary of all things overhead. The trees now alive with the rustling of the shimming sound of heaviness. In the distance the familiar roar of an explosion—wood shattering under the crushing weight of its tomb of frozen water.


For unto us this day, the world we know has been transformed.
Foreign yet strangely familiar.
Dangerously tempting, like the alluring siren who, beckoning to all weary travels to come gaze upon the beauty, falsely offers safety and security. Beware of those things that glitter, for not all are meant to be embraced. . .






9 comments on “A treacherous beauty has arrived

  1. Cool pictures Julie, looks like you had a lot of ice, I hate the ice because of all the damage is does and the power outages. Sorry you guys were without power! We ended up with 14 inches of snow here on the mountain, cold and it’s still snowing this morning!

    Enjoy your day, stay warm πŸ™‚

    • Hi Michael–the snows finally fell last night!! Now, things are indeed pretty. I’ll have new pretty pics tomorrow—- the sun is now trying to peek out from the clouds and the melting is slowly beginning—I’m done now, ready for Spring πŸ™‚

  2. Lynda says:

    As your pictures illustrate, ice storms certainly do bring “treacherous beauty” like many other things in life. I hope all is settling down by now. It seems that we will miss the storm but Atlantic Canada is expecting to be hit. Here we are in a deep freeze but it is sunny and the temperature is expected to rise a bit.

    • Well the snows finally arrived last night—blanketing the ice with a beautiful white coat—but the sun is just now trying to peek through, the temps are rising and things are melting—but I think New England, along the eastern seaboard, as you say up into maritime Canada—lots of snow—-stay warm and maybe Spring will decide to visit early πŸ™‚
      hugs Lynda—Julie

  3. Miz Lulu says:

    Oooh great shot! Really loving these!

  4. Wow, great photos, Cookie! I’ve watched the news several times today and man you guys got slammed. They say there are many without power. I hope that’s not you but if it is I hope your backup generator is keeping you warm. Sending prayers and hugs to you and all Atlanta. Natalie πŸ™‚

    • Hi Natalie–all is well—we lost power last night for just about an hour—fairing for better than others. We had fresh snow covering all of the ice when we woke up this morning–a truly white wonderland—by 3 PM, it was basically all gone—amazing—this time last night it was an ice encrusted snow covered cold world—add sun and a temp of 40 degrees and poof—entirely gone—blew my mind—unreal the difference. Life is now back on track—go figure—thank you for the good thoughts and prayers—the pics in the morning will be of this morning, just know when you see them, they are but past images—hugs and love—Julie

      • Wow, melted that fast, did it?! I’m so glad you are okay and that your power wasn’t off too long. Can’t wait to the pics in the morning. Hugs and love, Natalie πŸ™‚

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