Open Thread: Ice on Wood

The eve of Christmas Eve was marked by the worst kind of precipitation.  Freezing rain is basically how nature responds to the laws of physics pointing out, "You can't drop black ice out of the sky."  Liquid water falling from above when it's so cold that a drop will turn to ice the moment it actually hits something.

While its hazards are many, the results are actually fairly pretty.  Somewhat difficult to get decent pictures of, though.

Basically, adding ice to trees results in every branch turns into a larger branch that's partially made of ice.  For big branches that just makes them shiny, but for smaller branches, like most of the ones pictured here, there's actually more ice-branch than there is branch-branch.  Thus you get the clear branches with off-center wooden cores seen above.

We have a special open thread set aside for discussion of The Last Jedi.  Please take any spoiler-having discussion of it there.


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