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A thick layer of rime ice covers the highest branches in a stand of large beech trees, shortly after the sun climbed above an inversion layer on the German-Czech border.

You find a short video clip from the groove, showing the trees sway in the wind and making some unsettling sounds on my Facebook site: They aren't called "widow makers" for nothing. Beech trees tend to drop limbs under their own weight, even without wind or ice additionally weighing down the branches. Not the best feeling but still worthwhile, being out at 0F, taking in all the beauty mother nature has to offer.

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