Family Flashbacks (17): Nice Ice

As we hunker down between Christmas and the start of the New Year here in New Zealand in the mild clutches of an unseasonably cold spell for this early summer, my thoughts drift back to when this date found us in winter while we were living in Nebraska. It was our tradition to hang strings of pine cones from the downspouts that flanked our front porch and, when the weather was right, meltwater from the roof would trickle down them and during the chill nights would freeze into icicles. There was a particularly good crop ten years ago, a section of which I caught with our big, beloved oak in the background. With this memory, here’s an end-of-the-year warm wish for a safe and healthy New Year.

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28 Responses to Family Flashbacks (17): Nice Ice

  1. Happy new, as Eve likes to say. Apropos of novelty, this may be the first time I’ve ever seen icicles on pine cones. If they’d curved you’d have had ice sickles.

  2. Ms. Liz says:

    Surprising, and pretty neat effect! The idea of hanging strings of pine cones … did that start with the idea of having pine cones handy as fire starters? The original purpose I assume wasn’t icicle creation?

  3. Vicki says:

    Happy New Year to you, Gary. Hope you, CD and the rest of your family and friends remain safe and healthy into 2021.
    Looking forward to seeing some more of New Zealand through your camera lens too.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Vicki, and I hope the new year brings you considerable relief from your recent issues with entropy. We’re doing all we can to keep our health and safety as top priorities. We have hopes of making a cruise trip around Stewart Island around May. Hope it works out.

  4. Helen Cherry says:

    Oh I do like that. Sadly very rarely get anything cold enough to do that where I live

  5. shoreacres says:

    What a neat idea. I had to look up rain chains. I’d heard the phrase, but didn’t really know how they worked. The pine cones are a fine variation. It must have been fun watching the icicles build through freeze and thaw cycles.

    • krikitarts says:

      It was, for sure, but we had to be careful: There were times when the ice built up to stalactite proportions and we had to chip away at it before it overpowered the fastenings. Ah, but it was so beautiful when that happened.

  6. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful! A very happy New Year to you, my friend; let’s hope for better things next year! :)

  7. Meanderer says:

    What a great idea; looks very cool! All the very best to you and yours for the New Year; stay safe and be well.

  8. zannyro says:

    What a beautiful idea! We’re do for some freezing rain tomorrow I’ll have to find some pinecones on the trees and see what happens. Wishing you a Happy New Year, stay safe!

  9. Attractive and unique. Best wishes for 2021!

  10. That is very cool and creative. Bet everyone loved hanging the strings with care. I’ve not seen this in nature, on pine cones, but it must happen in some way.

  11. bluebrightly says:

    That’s a great tradition, a take-off on rain chains. Brilliant! May your 2021 be warm in spirit, if not in its weather. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      It is getting warmer again, and it’s back to being comfortable in a t-shirt for most of the day, at least until the sun drops. I think it’s going to be a very good year for us, and hopefully a much better one for others who are not so fortunately-situated. Thanks, Lynn!

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