On March 2, 2012, Leelanau County, in Northern Michigan was hit by a massive blizzard. Two feet of heavy, wet snow fell in just a few hours. The region was without power for days as the weight of the snow snapped trees and brought down power lines. Almost two months later I was in the area and I saw the remnants of the damage. It was arborial carnage.
The imagery is martial. Some trees were beheaded, six, eight, even fifteen feet above the ground. Others bent over in abject surrender.