02.02.2019 Hoar Frost at -2 degrees in Quabbin Park

Hoar and Rime Frosts often are confused for each other.  This is hoar frost which forms directly on something such as, in this case, a twig. Rime, which I showed back a few posts ago forms from mists, fogs, clouds, etc., Either one is delicate and lovely. one must be cautious with your movements as the slightest touch can destroy the crystals. But finding them is one of the more enjoyable aspects of cold weather and worth every numb finger.

As I drove around before settling on visiting the park,. I did see lower numbers but lucked out when it “warmed” up to -2 by the time I found this location.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 02.02.2019 Hoar Frost at -2 degrees in Quabbin Park

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’m still a little confused about the differences in how hoar frost and rime frost form, but no matter. I’ve got the basic idea. They’re both lovely, and a fine reward for getting out in that weather. “Feathery” is exactly the right word for this frosty branch. I like the individual crystals that have escaped, too.

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  2. Like Linda, I saw this as a feather, and a cold one at that.

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  3. This is such an eloquent image. In years past when it gets cold I just get grumpy, thinking mostly of bulky clothes, crusty icy crap all over my driveway and car and….. bleh. But this year I’ve felt differently about it, like the earth is trying to speak to us in all moments, including the very cold ones. Here is a delicate beautiful thing one can only see when it is very cold, and only when looking. Thanks for looking.

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  4. tomwhelan says:

    Beautiful image. Feathery frost like this is why I love to go out in the cold weather. Lucky you to find it – I haven’t see any in comparable cold temps here in eastern MA.

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  5. bluebrightly says:

    I learned something, thank you. And what a beautiful example this is, in spite of the cold, the twig seems to dance with abandon. All those upward stretching feathers of frost give it such a good feeling, and as usual, it could not be more perfectly framed and processed.

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