2016 March 5 Frost
For the past week the landscape was chilled to sub-zero (Fahrenheit) temperatures and then in a matter of hours the temperature began rising dramatically overnight ultimately reaching about 35F by noon. I expected the sudden warming mixing with the extreme cold might create interesting conditions outside so I stayed up all night to have a look as dawn broke. I really just expected heavy fog so seeing all the hoar frost on everything was a great surprise. I rushed outside and spent the next few hours shooting hundreds of photos! It was an amazing sight and lucky that I was up early to see it. The delicate frost was soon melted from everything as the sun grew warmer throughout the morning. By about 10AM there wasn't a sign of it anywhere.
The dozen photos in this section were taken around the house and end with some views of the frost falling from the trees like snow. It was interesting to be out there seeing "snow" falling all around as the day became quite warm under clear, blue, sunny skies. The temperature had gone from about zero Fahrenheit at 6am all the way up above freezing by 9am! Within an hour of taking the last photos there wasn't a trace of the frost on anything.
Below are 18 photos showing some macro views of frost crystals on dried flowers and some views I saw when I walked 5 minutes down the road.
This batch of 18 photos below were taken all around the front of the house. Most of the wide views were taken toward the west. Big windows in the "west room" in the house let us enjoy those same views from indoors every day. The sunsets over that treeline can be spectacular!
This group of 18 photos includes landscapes from around the home as well as some macro shots of the frost on various objects. Some people have commented that the winter photos would make nice Christmas cards so I thought it was fitting to include some shots of the frost on Christmas decorations on the spruce tree.
Below are 15 photos, mainly landscapes and frost covered trees and plants in a variety of lighting conditions showing the many shades, details and textures I saw during my three hour hike in the frost.
The 15 photos below include some macro shots of the frost crystals to show how they formed on dried flowers and branches. In some of the photos it is possible to clearly see the interesting way the frost formed only on one side of branches. This one-sided formation identifies the frost as "soft rime" as opposed to "hoar frost" which uniformly coats objects.
Below are a dozen photos taken at the beginning of my morning walk and photo session with the frost. There are a couple photos of the house, landscape around the house, trees and a couple close-ups of the frost.