Brilliant blue sky provides a gorgeous backdrop for frost-coated trees after a severe winter storm in Wilmington, Illinois. The strong winds and frigid temperatures combined to create crystals on the branches that appear to be nearly horizontal.
Click on above photo to view it in large format: After a winter storm, ice coats branches of a tree in Wilmington, Illinois so thickly that they look like ice pine cones
Naked trees are coated with ice and icicles after a winter ice storm in Wilmington, Illinois. This happens only rarely, and it requires weather conditions that begin with rain in temperatures above freezing, with a rapid drop in temperature that quick freezes the ice on all the plants.
Click on above photo to view it in large format: Severe winter storm in rural Illinois coats everything with ice, leaving beauty in its dangerous wake