Dec 12-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: December: Dec 12-06
Wet reflections    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala
Melting drip by drip    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Joyce Tormala

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 07:10 am:

Here in the Upper Peninsula the past few days, the temperatures have been almost what you'd consider balmy, at least as far as U.P. December temperature norms go. So the snow we've already received is dwindling down, melting and forming dripping icicles like these spotted by Joyce Tormala. Take note, in that first shot, the reflection in the drip of water still hanging on the icicle, along with that backdrop of brilliant blue sky. The second shot has a darker background, but is brilliantly mirroring the sunshine that's causing those droplets to form. Mother nature at its finest, for sure!

By Happy to be in the U.P. (Lahelo) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 07:16 am:

All of the snow is melting here in the UP from all of the gorgeous warm weather we had over the weekend!! So now it will have to get cold and snow all over again. The warm weather sure was nice while it lasted. Even got to clean windows on my car! Looks nice for now! We got up to 55 on Saturday, at least on our thermometer.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 07:29 am:

Hey, something is dripping!

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 07:44 am:

What a unique close-up of icicles! The drips seem to be suspended in mid-air.

By Katie Keranen (Yooperkate) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 08:35 am:

Great pictures always! Can always tell when yours are up! Hopefully we'll be on our way home tomorrow night!!

By Cotton (Cotton) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 10:25 am:

Drip! Drip! Drip! Hear alot of that going on with the unusually warm weather.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 10:30 am:

Very warm here in MN also. We have been getting rain rather than snow. AND it's not even freezing rain which is wonderful.

By JAD, Oscar, MI (Jandalq) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 11:23 am:

"I wish you'd write me a letter about the frost,
You can't be warm, unless there's a frost, you know.
And about the little birch tree,
The bashful one, white as white can be,
In its cloak of snow.
Write me about the drifts
That are piled up to a giant's shoulders,
And tell me everything about the blizzards
That strike so savagely and kiss so hotly.
Every kiss a sting.
Write me about how thick the ice is in the stream,
And how it sparkles in the moonlight.
Write me all about the stove, how it crackles easily,
And how the cricket chirps in the wall.
Be good, and write me about the fire in the hearth,
All the small homely things beyond belief.
I remember how I would hold my wrist to the flames,
And it looked as transparent as the maple leaf.
Oh far and far away is my Russia,
Dressed in silver, bridal in her bright array.
Here, rain runs over the sidewalks slantingly,
Spring-fashion, on a January day.
Don't look for blizzards here, don't hope to see fresh-fallen snow.
There is no winter here where men wear rubbers
And not thick felt boots,
And capes, not overcoats, at the end of the year.
Where they have radiators in every room,
And hot baths at any hour, day or night.
But I am lost, with nothing to keep me warm.
Send me a snowstorm and I'll be all right."
----Yevegny Dolmatovsky
(Said to be written by a Russian solder in Paris.
This was one of mother's favorite poems, and, I guess, also mine.)

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 12:01 pm:

I haven't seen an icicle in so long I forgot about them.Very cool Joyce,thanx. I'am going to watch it melt away.Temp is in the 60's here in Knoxville,TN.

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 12:19 pm:

Both of the pictures above are so pretty. I love them both.

That poem is kind of sad. You can really feel the homesickness the author has. Thanks.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 01:27 pm:

JAD, what a lovely poem. I see why it was a favorite.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 03:53 pm:

Back to icicles; Do you know how snowmen travel? They ride icicles.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 03:56 pm:

My son will love that one!

By Ann Muir (Annm) on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 04:35 pm:

Absolutely superb photography; thank you, Joyce. And thanks to JAD for sharing the poem. It voices exactly how this transplanted Michigander feels about New Jersey.

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