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Thursday, January 21, 2010


When we were heading home from visiting with our grandkids last weekend in Kenosha, Wisconsin, we saw that their fog had frozen into hoarfrost on all of the plants.

It was gorgeous!

(To learn more about hoarfrost, see HERE).

So of course, I had to stop and take some macros of it!

I loved the texture of these plants coated with the hoarfrost:

And I love palm grass.

The only thing better is palm grass with hoarfrost on it:

All the branches were sprinkled with powdered sugar:

And the pine needles?

But these little SPIKEY plants, were the best:

This cedar tree could have been one of those Christmas trees that you spray with white paint, don't you think?:

Blue sky
hoarfrost popsicles!:

And palm grass brooms of frost:

I would have loved to drive way out away from the freeway and gotten some farm field scenes of the hoarfrost on all of the trees in the background, but it was melting fast and we had a schedule to keep....

But I sure was glad to be able to see some of it.

It only happens a few times a year and you have to be in the right place and the right time.

Luckily, I was.....


rainfield61 said...

Some of them are having a punk hairstyle.

DJan said...

The third one reminds me of spring flowers. As usual, gorgeous pictures, just fabulous!

Wanda..... said...

We experienced that same beautiful Hoar was magical. You captured it well in your photos, Joan!

Unknown said...

Your photos are so absolulely amazing! Breathtaking!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photos. It is so wonderful to be able to find beauty in the cold winter landscape. You did it! Thanks for sharing these.

The Retired One said...

Rainfield: yes, they do!

DJan: yes, I thought they were as pretty as flowers too. I sure wish I could have captured some landscape photos of it,it was gorgeous. But I didn't want to take them off the freeway.

Wanda: Isn't it beautiful in person? I was mesmerized.

Eva: Thanks so much. I loved the frost, it truly was amazing.

Cindy: thanks! I always find nature so breathtakingly just has to look close. In this incident, you couldn't miss it.

Jeanette said...

I love those pictures! I have never heard of hoar frost but I think I will have to keep an eye out!

Kearsie said...

And these shall be a part of your "Hoarfrost Edition" Calendar...

Brian Miller said...

when i saw the title i was going to chide you on using such words...but now i see. how cool the pics. ha, i like rains comment as well.

L. D. said...

Yes the hoar frost looks familiar. Ours was washed away yesterday with rain, freezing rain. We are a mess.
But your photos are wonderful. I am going to have to plant some grass so I can have something else to shoot in the winter. Keep warm my Michigan friend.

The Retired One said...

Jeanette: We had some MORE here today but it was only high up in the higher elevations from our house where there are no plowed roads in the snow to get at for pictures. It sure looked beautiful on the rock cliffs!

Kearsie: I would love to have that many pictures of it...we actually had fog here last night but it only made the frost high up on the trees on the rock cliffs beside where we live, where I have no way to get to so as to capture it in pictures. Dang.

Brian: Yep, spikey is the new flat. ha

L.D.: I wish we could grow palm grass where we is a little too cold for it to live in the U.P.!

Claudia said...

I must admit that I have never seen hoar frost before, or maybe I did and did not know what it was. Pictures are great.

Ann said...

Never heard of hoarfrost. Great pics

Sara said...

This is the first time I have seen hoarfest, so pretty

I havent been to Kenosha for so long, really missing the little sister

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Beautiful picture of the hoarfrost, Joan... We see it around here sometimes---mostly on top of the mountains... It makes for some great photos though...


Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Those are some beautiful shots. I don't think I've ever seen a hoarfrost here, just pictures. I love the blue sky in the background.

Loree said...

All I can say is wow. You should blow up and sell those pictures.

Joanna Jenkins said...

The way the frost hugs the plants is almost magical looking-- like we should blow on them and make a wish.


The Retired One said...

Claudia: if you saw it, you would remember is bright white and it coats everything thickly and brightly--the scenery is breathtaking.

Grannyann: I hope you get to see it someday, it is spectacular.

Sara: You have a sister in Kenosha?
Nice town...we are there about 4 or 5 times a year to visit our grandchildren and my daughter and hubby.

Betsy: It was high above some rocky cliffs here again yesterday, but I couldn't drive up there to get some more pictures because there were no plowed roads to get through the snow to get them.

Catherine: I hope someday you get it, so you can see is amazingly gorgeous..of course we wouldn't want it on your gardens tho!

Loree: What a nice thing to say. I recently have been blowing up some of my photos to 8X10's and 11X14's and my husband has been making frames for I might do that.

Joanna: The frost is on so thick, it takes quite a wind to blow it off, and when it does, it sounds like little ice particles hitting the window or ground...

Anna Lefler said...

OMG, those photos are gorgeous! I wish we had real weather like this...

Happy New Year!

:-D Anna

The Retired One said...

Anna: Thanks so much! We got more frost again this morning, but not as thick as these were...but it always gorgeous and sparkles if the sun comes out too!

SquirrelQueen said...

In Alaska we called it Ice Fog, here it is just freezing fog and yours is hoarfrost. By any name it is absolutely beautiful. I especially like the first photo. Your spikey plant is a Teasel, in the summer they would have had tiny little bluish-purple blooms around the center.

Rick (Ratty) said...

I love seeing the frost on the plants in the first picture. I've seen those plants like that myself, but my pictures of them always come out terrible. I'm glad you got these good ones so I can see how they look online.

The Retired One said...

SquirrelQueen: Thanks for the name of the plant..since it was down near Chicago, I had NO IDEA what plant it was when it was blooming. ha

Ratty: See is called a Teasel. We had the same kind of hoarfrost here yesterday (but not quite as thick) so I rushed out to get some more pictures...stay tuned...I will be posting them in the next few days!

Jientje said...

I don't think we get that over here, I've never seen it! You were in the right place at the right time. You always are!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Beautiful hoar have to seize the moment!! :)

The Retired One said...

Jientje: I was in the right place, but I was a little late...I wished then that I had noticed it about two hours earlier..but thank goodness I got some shots of it....we had some here where I live this week (it was lighter, but still pretty). Stay tuned for upcoming photos!

FarSide: Yes, gotta rush to get some shots, but it is totally worth it. We got some here at home last week too.... and the pictures will be posted soon!

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