Sunday, January 17, 2010

Icy Beauty

Last night we had another freezing fog that left everything covered with hoar frost.  I wasn't too keen to go outside to take pictures, because the day stayed gray and drab.  Later in the afternoon, though, the sun made an appearance and enticed me to go outside with my camera.  I wore my red wellies because the snow is still quite deep. 
The cats (Jazmin and Max) wanted to come out too.  You can just see them on the steps next to the sunroom at the left of the photo.  That was as far as they ventured.  The icicles are even longer than they were in one of my previous posts.


It was quite a chore to walk through the deep snow from the patio area on one side of the house to the wildflfower area on the other side.  I followed deer tracks whenever possible, but it was still hard work to break a human-sized trail. 
Here is a trail I made last week to put some feed out at the edge of woods for the wildlife when the temperatures were so brutally cold for a couple of weeks.
 
The snow came a few inches above the tops of my wellies.  The wildflower stalks and seed heads were sparkly and beautiful with their decoration of ice crystals. 
These 2 shots are of figwort (I think).


And these 2 are of some aggravating weed whose seeds grab hold of clothing and won't let go.  These crystals remind me of barbed wire.



I think most beautiful crystals were on the Black Hills Spruce trees, although from a distance they weren't very noticable.

A closer look reveals an intricate beauty.




15 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures of the ice crystals. Although we had snow, ice and low temperatures there were no icicles or ice crystals to be seen.

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  2. Beautiful shots Wilma, but it does look, er, cold lol
    Those icicles look huge! The cats had the right idea; stay in. :)

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  3. Lovely pictures of the snowy scenery around your area, our thaw has left a dirty mess I'm quite envious.

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  4. Not seen a hoar frost for many a year but it certainly enabled you to capture some fantastic shapes. The garden here doesn't look very inviting after the recent thaw but more snow expected in a daay or two.

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  5. Beautiful frosty photos Wilma.

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  6. Been a long time since I've walked in the snow. Beautiful ice barbed wires

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  7. HI Wilma,
    Wow these are really nice pictures. i love the close-up icy structure! Beautiful and well captured they are!

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  9. Wow!great pictures I really like the ice crystals & the pic of the icicles.
    Cheers Colin.

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  10. Lovely, icy photos here Wilma but my goodness the size of those icicles! Our snow has all gone now...at last.

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  11. Simply amazing shots !! Nice and beautiful !! Great

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  12. Thanks to all for stopping by and for taking time to leave the kind comments. It is great to have such thoughtful visitors.

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  13. Lovely pics wilma. I bet you can't wait to get back to Belize!!

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