Ice Storm 1998
The wilderness was beautiful and silent the day after the ice storm of 1998.
All the branches and trees that collapsed under the weight of the ice were already down. The air was thick and damp. The remaining branches and trees were carrying all they could bear.
In the bay, when you clapped your hands, a disturbance was created in the air. It carried across the bay to the forest. You could hear the echo first and then the crashing branches and trees. That clap, in the bay after the ice storm, was the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back" and brought branches and trees crashing on to the forest floor.