Posted by
Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 2 January 2018 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

....a required trait following high winds that cause frozen branches to fall...not to speak of slippery sidewalks and frozen puddles....Ah, but these dangers are a mere puny "wannabe" when compared to the real problems down this way..
Thank you so very much for your kind words to me, sir...It's great to have you on hand again ;-) Happy New year sir....<3

2 Jan 2018 6:28am

@Denny Jump: You astutely see my symbolic meaning and hope for this next year, and I thank you for that and for your kindness. I am more than happy to be back in the community here, contributing what I can and sharing with the global family.

Gérard from Allauch, France

Ah Ah, yes it is better to take an umbrella, it is very effective against falling branches

2 Jan 2018 7:27am

@Gérard: Ha ha... especially a reinforced umbrella that can handle sudden arrivals of heavy weight. Thanks !

k@ from Paris, France

Geez, seems you really have a winter ! Not too chilly ? Are you okay ? Love the question of adaptability, key of life in our world. And a real challenge on so many points. Animals & vegetation often know quicker than we do how to adapt and they are great masters full of experience we have a lot to learn from. Hugs dear*

2 Jan 2018 8:07am

@k@: We are having a beautiful winter so far, especially in the small town of Elora where the snowfall is enhanced by the charm of the buildings, rivers, forests. Adaptability came to mind as a plea for our collective survival and reclamation of kindness and civility in a world that went mad last year. I always love your comments and you always have my thanks, Karine.

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, focus, DOF & colors!
Amazing !!!!

2 Jan 2018 8:19am

@omid: I'm happy you like it and I thank you for the comment.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Life goes on . . as they say.

2 Jan 2018 8:23am

@Ronnie 2¢: The other choices are untenable. Thanks, Ronnie.

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une très belle prise

2 Jan 2018 8:41am

@Martine Libouton: Merci !

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Excellent winter scene and framing ! It's necessary to know how to adapt itself to all the conditions in the life ! A very rigorous winter this year in Toronto ! Thoughts for my son and for you all over there !

2 Jan 2018 8:41am

@Anna Cherer: Thanks for the photo feedback, and rest assured that we will be fine in Toronto. This city rarely gets what I consider to be a "real winter", which is what happens in my other home of Elora. It is the density and busy-ness of Toronto that makes lots of snowfall and/or ice and/or very cold temperatures a real danger.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

beautifully framed

2 Jan 2018 10:47am

@grouser: Thank you, sir.

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

une intéressante recherche avec du bon travail

2 Jan 2018 11:39am

@Existence Artistique: Merci.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful framing!

2 Jan 2018 1:59pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks, Ruthie.

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful image. Love the lights on the tree.

2 Jan 2018 3:43pm

@Irene: Thanks, Irene.

Devi from Chennai, India

Great framing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Jan 2018 3:44pm

@Devi: All credit to the tree :-) Thanks, Devi.

franz from Baden, Austria

Wow, what a story behind this impressive image!

2 Jan 2018 6:06pm

@franz: Thanks very much, my friend.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Perfect timing to capture this pedestrian enveloped by the fallen, iced branches! I hope that there wasn't too much wide spread damage or power outages.

2 Jan 2018 6:06pm

@Steven: The main danger around here comes with dangerously low temperatures and the impact upon the far too many homeless in this city. Thanks for the comment, Steven. Stay warm.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Incredible weather and image! These ice storms are the worst. When they happen here, which is thankfully rare, the huge Douglas firs in my backyard send large branches crashing down.

2 Jan 2018 6:43pm

@Steve Rice: We had a pretty disastrous ice storm a few winters ago that brought down ten percent of the urban forest. I love trees and it's hard to see them take so much damage, but when it occurs naturally there isn't much to do other than lament the result and hope it doesn't repeat again soon. Thanks and good luck with those awesome firs !

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Wow! It must have been quite an ice storm. I would be afraid of slipping on the ice or on tree branches. A great title!

2 Jan 2018 10:12pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks a lot, Elaine.