Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Window Ice

If you're looking for some big, hanging ice, you're in luck. There's plenty of it dangling, precipicely
from roofs around the city. Here's some seen looking out of a Cumberland Avenue window, towards the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel. Now, that's a mouthful. It all seemed so much easier when it was just the Eastland Hotel. At the Stevens Avenue house there was a corner on the driveway side where ice ran from the roof to the ground. It was thick too, about 8-10 inches. My self-appointed job each February was to 'take it down'. The backside of an axe accomplished the task nicely. The thought that I might have been doing severe damage to the roof never crossed my mind.
My life of innocence continued.

26 comments:

  1. Neither an axe nor a hammer is the answer to all of life's problems. :-)

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  2. There's a-plenty of ice art here in Nashua, NH and it is simply amazing...beautiful and dangerous at the same time.

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  3. Ice is beautiful, but I'll just take the snow.

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  4. La nature est une grande artiste ;o)

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  5. Be careful with those long ice cubes.

    Yes, that is an old basketball hoop in the paddock. The girls have been playing ball for 34 years. When we moved here, there were no fences or stalls and 100 years ago that used to be a cement paddock for dairy cows. The people we bought the farm from put that hoop up for their boys and we saw no reason to take it down. Our grandsons still use it when the horses are not.

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  6. They are so photogenic, yet deadly! Stay warm.

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    Janis
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  7. When I was working in Chicago, there was one high-rise building that had a slanted roof and they would have to barricade the sidewalk sometimes because the ice would slide off the roof and come crashing down. Big sheets of ice falling from that distance could do some damage.

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  8. If a roof produces a large crop of icicles that is an indication of a problem with insulation. More is needed. The top of those icicles can cause "ice damns" that produce water leaks and rot. But they do make for a great photo.

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  9. they're fun to whack and run so you don't get stabbed. :)

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  10. beautiful but scary to walk under! we got snow!!

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  11. Please forgive my ignorance, but are these things dangerous?

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  12. I remember seeing one of these descending nearly two stories.

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  13. A good whack with a shovel followed by a fast retreat works too!

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  14. Ah, so that's why I was forbidden to knock down those tempting icicles!

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  15. Taking them down does sound like fun! Sharon's comment reminded me of seeing signs on the sidewalks in Chicago to watch out for falling ice. I always wondered how you were supposed to do that and navigate the sidewalk at the same time.

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  16. Pretty picture, but, yes, there will be many gutters needing repair this Spring.

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  17. The names of hotels should have no more than three syllables before the word hotel itself. Beyond that it's self-important gibberish.

    Why would knocking down the big icicles cause danger to a roof? Just curious. It's outside of my experience.

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  18. I hope the ice isn't doing any damage. It looks heavy!

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  19. A wall of icicles: winter life in Maine. Great shot, but it doesn't look like fun.

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  20. Be careful. Those will come down sometime, and you don't want to be anywhere near.

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  21. Somehow you are reminding me of Mark Twain with this story! Or Paul Bunyan. No, really??? That big?? I used to think they were pretty until I found out what an ice dam is!

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