Imagine getting out of bed one frosty morning, opening the blinds, and seeing this through the window.
This is just the sight that surprised Tammy Shriver from Michigan when she looked outside.
The water had melted from the roof of the hemp farmer’s house onto the branches of the trees below. When a freeze-thaw-freeze sequence took place amid the changing winter temperatures, a natural ice sculpture emerged.
“Oh my God,” he remembers saying, “It looks like a bird!”
“I grabbed my iPad and started taking photos,” says Tammy, “and then ran out to get a better angle.”
A problem? Like children everywhere, her six-year-old granddaughter, Kaylinn, loves to eat icicles. But he was asked to leave this particular ice bird alone for everyone to enjoy, and thankfully Kaylinn did just that.
Of course, no ice lasts forever. The sunlight melted the hummingbird in a slightly different way. A chickadee, perhaps?
Although a glowing formation no longer adorns a branch outside Tammy’s house, she feels blessed to have enjoyed the view for a week. “My grandmother liked hummingbirds,” she says, “maybe Grandma sent me a hummingbird.”
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