|Mountaineer-approved footwear? I think not.|
It looked like a tornado had hit. The ten inches of heavy, wet snow combined with freezing rain had split trees down the middle, ripped off branches left and right, and felled quite a few.
I thought about hopping on a bus, but wanted the exercise and adventure of seeing the damage from the storm first-hand. I walked mostly--on and off the sidewalks--and listened carefully for cracking branches.
|Walkers near Sylvester Park--not quite safe on the street or sidewalk.|
|Misty rain, low clouds, and air pollution from wood-burning stoves cast a pall over the city.|
|Trees along Capitol Way will likely not survive this kind of damage.|
|Many of the large old trees on the Capitol Campus won't either.|
|Thick ice coated every twig and leaf bud.|
|Footpaths around downed trees put pedestrians onto the street.|
|A bit of color in a bleak landscape.|
|Downed power lines lay across the sidewalk.|
|This beautiful weeping cherry off Carlyon Rd. is--was--a local landmark in spring.|
|Air quality was poor.|
|Sagging power-lines under the weight of this snow-laden tree.|
|Home again, safe and sound, to feed the birds. I wonder how their nests fared the storm.|