Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Frost Feathers


At 11°F it was the coolest morning of the young winter. And no, 11° isn’t really cold in spite of what the TV weather people may say. To people who spend their working lives indoors 11° may be cold, but people who work outdoors in northern winters – the loggers, linemen, farmers and others – work when it’s much colder.


In any event, with a brilliant blue sky and a gentle breeze this was a great morning for a walk in the Big Woods. Around the house the dusting of snow that recently fell was already gone, but in the Big Woods on a gentle north-facing slope there was still a little snow on the ground.



A bit of water seeping from a tiny spring combined with the temperature produced frost crystals, resembling feathers, on objects near the water. On twigs –


And fallen leaves –


And bits of wood –



The inside of a hollow rotten stump bore large numbers of those frost feathers near the top, but lower in the stump it was apparently too warm for the crystals to form –



What an abundance of frost feathers were in the stump –



And then there was the moss-covered rock in the stream covered with frost feathers –



11° may not be really cold, but it’s cool enough to cause frost feathers to form and add an ephemeral beauty to the natural world; a beauty that will vanish as the temperature rises.

8 comments:

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great frost feathers photos!!

Laura said...

Beautiful photos… are "frost feathers" the same as "hoar frost" ?

Essen Girl said...

Those photos are amazing!

The Furry Gnome said...

Love it when you find really good frost crystals like these!

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful frosty images
i just love frost

Captured By Jade said...

Breathtakingly beautiful - I've never seen anything like it so thank you for sharing!

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Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Good eye to find those frost feathers.

TheChieftess said...

Love the frost!!! I lived in the Eastern Sierras in California in the ski resort of Mammoth Mountain...and I definitely think 11 degrees is cold!!!