a glass-covered (& treacherous) world

Monday, December 9:  What started as a smattering of snow on Sunday morning turned to freezing rain by late afternoon. This hodge-podge of liquids crystallized surreptitiously overnight. This morning brought a wonderland of glassy trees, creaking and groaning under the weight of all that ice.

While I was taking a long hot bath in my house, I heard a crash outside the window. When I went outside, I saw two large branches had broken off one of our two large pine trees.

crash!
crash!
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ice bushes

In my front garden, I found ice-encrusted trees, bushes and berries, offered up like an exhibit of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures.

glass sculptures
glass sculptures
ice bushes
ice bushes
ice art
ice art
colored ice
colored ice
ice chandeliers
ice chandeliers
beautiful ice
beautiful ice
ice bushes
ice bushes
an icy tree
an icy tree
tree chandeliers
tree chandeliers
ice berries
ice berries
ice berries
ice berries
ice berries
ice berries
icicle heaven
icicle heaven

After warming up my car and scraping off the crusty layer of snow on the windshield, I drove to the college for my 11:00 class.  I found the traffic on Little River Turnpike was stopped, but I didn’t know why.  The traffic was moving at a crawl, so I figured whatever happened, at least people were moving through.  When I got closer, I saw a tree had fallen across both lanes of the road.  The only reason cars were moving was because they were doing U-turns or pulling off on side streets.  By this time it was 10:55.  I followed everyone else doing U-turns and went an alternate, and very roundabout, way to work.  Almost to the college, on Hummer Road, I came upon a police blockade.  The officer told me a car had driven into a sinkhole!  He gave me another alternate route, and I finally arrived at class 15 minutes late.  Only a smattering of students were in attendance, but they all came dribbling in over the next 15 minutes.

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus
Northern Virginia Community College – Annandale Campus

Snow is forecast again for tomorrow morning.  Although I have a ton of things I need to get done with my students on this last week of class, I still hope they close the school if we’re going to have to contend with the same challenging, and treacherous, driving conditions!

Oh, how I love the change of seasons in Virginia! 🙂