Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mother Nature ....

...  at her creepiest.

Sometimes Mother Nature can be pretty spectacular.  The trees in the fall, or the spring....  the deer and rabbits and other creatures of the woods...  the whales, and dolphins and other creatures of the sea... magnificent sunrises, inspiring sunsets, amazing rainbows.  As a general rule, I think Mother Nature does a darned fine job, and I enjoy her creativity, and variety.

There's no question that sometimes Mother Nature can be rather challenging.  Thunder and lightning...  snowstorms and hailstorms...  But even these things can be spectacular in their own way.

And sometimes, Mother Nature is just downright mean.  Sometimes her hurricanes and tornadoes get out of hand, and we have disasters like Katrina, and Sandy.  Communities are flooded, buildings are destroyed, and houses are dragged into the ocean.

But a situation has now come to my attention, and  - well - frankly Mother Nature, I say there is no excuse for this.

Just in the last few days, walls of growing, flowing ice have destroyed homes in Minnesota and Canada.  Now, I suspect that as an innocent homeowner, you probably don't care whether your house is destroyed by a tornado, or a hurricane, or a mudslide, or the tides pull it into the ocean....  or ice.  But there is a difference here.  Tornadoes, hurricanes, mudslides and the tides, are all moving things... they're SUPPOSED to move, we expect them to move, we even try to predict their movement.
Ice, on the other hand, is supposed to stay put.  The videos of this moving, growing, dare I say -breathing- ice...  look like something out of the science fiction films from the sixties.

If you haven't seen this yet, you really should watch this video.  You don't have time, you say?  This video is less than thirty seconds long.  And trust me, you'll want to see this.

I may never drink iced tea again.

I'm going to keep my hot tea handy at all times, as a weapon.

Be afraid, be very afraid.


  1. Saw that over the weekend. The video I watched was about six minutes long and the ice went from the shore to the houses in about three. By the six minute mark the ice had broken through sliding doors and was flowing into a house.

    There was a building thunderstorm on the horizon, so my guess is the wind drove the ice ashore. It was creepy for sure. Another reason to not live too close to the water.

  2. Yikes! Get out the giant hairdryers!