The Lope: Beautiful Disaster

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Beautiful Disaster

An ice storm struck the Midwest, beginning Friday January 12, causing widespread damage and some loss of life. Large parts of Missouri and Oklahoma have been declared disaster areas. That doesn't mean it doesn't look good. All photos were taken in Joplin, MO. The next few were taken on Monday the 15th.

Neighbor's Oak


Crape Myrtle


Bunny tracks and frozen grass

Cold Fingers

A parking lot light at Charlie's Chicken looks like a beaded swag lamp.

Where power still existed, trees were backlit by streetlights.

Crossroads on the bunny trail

Walking on frozen grass

Main Street, Joplin, looking south from 26th street. By Tuesday, January 16, 2007, the main streets in Joplin were mostly cleared but ice still coats the trees.

However, most side streets were not cleared. Many are simply sheets of very thick ice.

bush in front of the South Main Street post office

Ice Milk? Southtown Meats on Main Street

Route 66 sign on Langston Hughes (formerly Broadway) near Florida Street

Snow and ice are removed from rt66 in front of the Cobblestone Cafe on Langston Hughes on Tuesday the 16th.

St Louis Avenue along its Route 66 stretch, looking north, Tuesday, January 16th.

Trees south of Murphy Blvd.

30th Street, between Delaware Street and Brownell Avenue

Wednesday January 17: The ice is still largely intact in the trees and on the ground. Birds are having difficulty finding food, and perching is problematic on icy branches.

A bit later in the day, I started to excavate the afore-pictured Buick. Until now I had, fortunately, had a garaged car to get about in.

This is on the roof of the car. That's 2.5 inches of solid ice, with about 1/2 inch on snow on top. YOu can actually see strata which represent different parts of the storm in these ice pictures.

It's even thicker where the sleet had piled at the bottom of the back window. That's 4 inches of ice.

The base of the front windshield was about the same. Heating the car from the inside didn't help much, nor did a plastic ice scraper. I ended up using a metal pitchfork to chip away the ice cocoon.

Thursday, January 18: A trip over to a relatives house on the edge of Joplin reveals that deer have been out foraging - with little success - I'd think, for something to eat. The temperature got just a hair above freezing today with no additional precipitation, but the self-refrigerating quality of all that ice seems to have kept it on the roads and trees.

Tracks of cars, people and deer share a driveway.

Friday, January 19, one week after the ice storm began, ice still clings to trees in this, the first clear dawn in a week. It's supposed to be significantly above freezing today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing photographs - i can't imagine it being that cold !!

for some reason i can't subscribe to your newly moved blog ? used to get the updates from the old site

Thu Jan 18, 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger Ace Jackalope said...

Thanks for the complement. I'm afraid I'm on the lower part of the learning curve as to site feeds and such. When I publish a post and see the confirmation page, it says I have posted to atom.xml and rss.xml as well as and whatever that particular page's independent URL is (i.e. I looked at my blogger settings under site feeds and it shows my site feed URL as, however the space for site feed server path is blank and I have no idea if I should fill it in, or with what.
Any advice on this is appreciated; if anyone knows the answer to restoring my site feeds, please write to me at the email address listed on my blogger profile.

Thu Jan 18, 04:56:00 AM  
Blogger redcap said...

Wow, your photos are really, really pretty. I've never seen snow IRL. But sorry, don't know how to fix your site feed thingie.

Sat Jan 27, 02:57:00 AM  

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