ICE DAMS

A Photo a Week Challenge: Ice, Ice, Baby


No ice this year, but we have had some astounding, huge, ice dams in past winters. This was shot from inside through the ice. It was the winter when we didn’t have any snow until the very end of January, but managed to accumulate more than 12 feet by mid-March. After it began snowing, it forgot to stop.

The odd "grid" in the background is the screen which I should have removed before winter because that ice destroyed it.

The “grid” in the background is the window screen. I should have removed it before winter. The ice destroyed it.

Icicles look pretty, but they do a lot of damage to houses, especially roofs and eaves.  Ice weighs down tree branches, causing them to snap. Sometimes, ice will cause entire trees to fall. Ice dams can prove dangerous.

You can clearly see the screen on this one. By this time in the winter, the ice had adhered to the screen, forming a curtain of ice.

You can more clearly see the screen in this picture. By now, the ice had formed a curtain.

A big one can weigh several hundred pounds. I know people who have been seriously injured by falling ice.

 



Categories: Art and special effects, Photo A Week Challenge, Photography, Seasons, Weather, Winter

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15 replies

  1. It can back up under the shingles and leak into the house too. We’ve had that happen. What a nightmare!
    Leslie

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  2. Some years it can be dangerous to walk down the gangway between our house and the next. We always look up. There is no ice up there right now.

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    • A good friend of ours was inspecting his property and one of those big ones fell on him. He was in the hospital for week … and he has lived here his whole life, so he knew. He just didn’t think that one could hit him. They are very dangerous both to living and non-living things.

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  3. Dangerous and beautiful. The ice curtain on the screen is amazing! Great shots, Marilyn. Thanks for joining the challenge!

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    • I no longer have that screen. it was destroyed by the ice. Fortunately, I was able to use a different screen from a same-sized window, but I have lost any romance I ever had for glittering icicles. I now just find them decoratively scary — like a large, wild animal. Beautiful creatures with big teeth and claws 🙂

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  4. I agree they are dangerous both to humans and the house! Amazing these are so big!

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