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This is a scene of some icicles hanging from a wooden fence at Bective Abbey, Co Meath taken on Christmas Eve, 2010.

In 2010 Ireland saw one of its worst winters on record, with snowfall that brought the country to a standstill. All across the country, pipes were bursting, damage was being done and the nation lay under a very rare blanket of snow.

On Christmas Eve, I had to go out for some last minute bits and pieces before the big day itself, and my journey home brought me within a couple of miles of Bective Abbey. As its such a rarity to see snow, and Bective Abbey itself is a great historic site, I thought it a good idea to stop off and take a few snaps.

The fence this icicle hangs from was only newly built, so it was nice to see the color of the setting sun caught in its details. I know its far from being an impressive icicle, at about 6 inches it is nothing to get excited about, but it was a unique capture for me in Ireland which has an extremely temperate climate and almost never sees weather cold enough for icicles to form.

In this particular year, icicles were forming on moving cars as the heat of the engine caused snow on the bonnet to melt and then freeze again before hitting the ground.

It may have caused misery all around, but it was still very beautiful.

Thanks for looking!

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