The resilience of trees always amazes me. You see their branches break under a burden of ice at times of course, but so often they just bow gracefully and wait for the thaw. The destruction caused by the ice storms we have been having is easy to forget when the sun breaks through the cloud, making the icy branches glitter as if they were dripping with diamonds. It was a windy -22 C (-8 F) yesterday when I got out of the car to take photographs including this one and although I had gloves on, I had no hat and was only wearing leggings on my legs. Before I got back into the car my legs were frozen almost numb and I was afraid I was going to get frostbite on my ears.