Last week, much of the Midwest enjoyed a LOT of fog (I say “enjoyed” because what else are you going to do?  Gripe?  Doesn’t make it go away, so you might as well find something to enjoy about it), and a lot of cold.

Fog + Cold = Hoarfrost.

The actual definition is, “a deposit of needle-like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing point Also called white frost.”

I don’t like the word “hoarfrost.”  It’s too close to the word horcrux for this Harry Potter fan.  (stands and whistles while non-Harry Potter fans click through and process the definition)

I much prefer the name “ice fog“, taught to me by my BFF Jill the Dogsledder, who lives in Alaska.  (Not to be confused with my other BFF Dina the Awesome, who lives in Indiana.  She teaches me other stuff.)  Ice fog is not hoarfrost, but it’s similar, differentiated I believe, if I read the definitions correctly, simply by temperatures and rate of freeze.  Either way, it’s much too technical for this post.  The POINT I’m trying to hard to make is… we had it here all week.  And early this week, it was really cold, and the frost froze on everything and it was breathtaking.

I took pictures.

They don’t do it justice.

But I’ll try:

Our world turned black and white.  It was like living in a dream.

It was like driving through a dream.  (yes, the truck was stopped.  with the flashers on. and nobody coming in front or in back)

A closer look.  I love the contrast between the black trunks and the white frost.

Early in the week, we had the signature “hoarfrost” spikes.  From afar, the branches looked furry.  Up close, they looked wicked.

As the week went on, the fog layered on itself, and the spikes grew thicker.

The trees with multiple textures were the most stunning.

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.

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18 Responses to Hoarfrost

  1. Joy says:

    Thanks for doing this. It looked like this here too and I did venture out to take a few but yours are much better. I love the really close up one (3rd from bottom) a lot. It stayed like this for quite a few days. Usually it’s gone faster. It was really cool but went on a little to long. I need the sun after that many days.

  2. SKL says:

    I love it! There are some unique winter scenes that I’ll never forget, however fleeting they were. This is why I don’t think I’d ever want to live in a place that doesn’t have four distinct seasons.

  3. javajunkee says:

    those are beautiful pictures…we had the same thing going here but I have yet to take any pictures! I need a better camera! 😦

    • Laura says:

      I took these with a Canon Powershot A590. I’m still playing with it, since this is my first digital, but I found that it takes really nice pics. You don’t need anything expensive, just something versatile.

  4. Ellen says:

    They are all beautiful, but the last one is my favorite. Really good picture. Maybe we’ll go into the mountains this weekend, then I can take pictures of the snow also 🙂

  5. Gary says:

    Mother nature can sure make beautiful scenery! Those are awesome photos and very beautiful. 😀

  6. Tasneem R says:

    Well mother nature has amazed me too ! The pix have come out really well. The second last picture of the tree is most beautiful 🙂

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  7. Nikki says:

    These are gorgeous! The very first one, I love the little tree in front. I also like the one Joy is talking about, the close up. All are beautiful. Mother Nature can hand one person something so devastating and hand another something completely breathtaking! Thanks for sharing….I happen to like the term Ice Fog!!!

  8. sweetiegirlz says:

    Really nice photos. even if it was because some weather was icky…. Don’t you wish snow was warm? lol.

  9. Sue says:

    Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I really enjoy the days like these, but Joy is right, you need to see the sun after awhile. I have heard that for each day of hoarfrost in the winter, you’ll have a day of severe weather in the spring. I have no idea if that is true or not! Anyone else heard that?

  10. Sue says:

    Oh, I need to add that the second picture looks like you could have been on our road driving out of Kingston just past my daycare’s place. Too bad you weren’t, we could have had coffee!

  11. Just a Mom says:

    WOW! Beautiful pictures! I love the very first picture. For some reason it reminds me of the movie Bridge to Terabithia.

  12. Tessa says:

    Beautiful. I miss those beautiful days. Sometimes!

  13. Your photos are gorgeous! What a beautiful winter-wonderland.

  14. pammywammy says:

    Those are sooooooo beautiful

  15. avomnia says:

    Those are gorgeous, Laura!

    I’m a native of the Sonoran Desert so it’s rare that I get to see snow. I finished college up at NAU (in Flagstaff), which was awesome. The campus is in the north country, so we go snow and ice and all that good stuff. I know it can be bitterly cold, but there is a pureness to the beauty that makes it singularly poignant.

    I realize the desert has it’s own kind of beauty, but I shall never see the kind I see in a landscape blanketed with white.

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