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Monday, January 2, 2012

Our World Tuesday: snow and hoar frost

Posted for Our World Tuesday. Here's what our world looked like Jan. 1, 2012.

Snow

Hoar frost

Snow on the ground, hoar frost on the branches.

Hoar frost, close-up.

Snow on the evergreens, hoar frost on the deciduous trees.

© Photos above by Richard Schear, January 1, 2012

Wikipedia photo

Hoar frost (also called radiation frost or hoarfrost or pruina) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.  Wikipedia


The tracks of one deer across the snow in our cul-de-sac.


Snow on my little Alberta Spruce outside my new window.


© Photos from my new window by Kay Davies, January 1, 2012
Hoar frost on the leafless trees and on the overhead wires.

28 comments:

Gary said...

That could be here, except a cul de sac here is really trail end!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sylvia K said...

What gorgeous captures, Kay!! I do love hoar frost and the close-up is beautiful. Love the shot of all the trees together, too! So lovely against the blue skies! Hope your new year is off to a great start!

Sylvia

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Crikey, that sure looks cold. Makes for gorgeous pics though.

eileeninmd said...

The hoar frost looks beautiful but very cold. I hope you are staying warm. Lovely photos, Happy New year!

aka Penelope said...

It looks like a picture post card where you are, Kay! Formations of hoar frost are so pretty they sometimes look like flowers … although much less friendly to the touch, I’m sure. Your window is providing great opportunities for photgraphs. I especially like the one where frost sits like fluffy white caps on the fruit. :)

Antonette said...

Kay, what fabulous photos! I love the close-ups.

Happy 2012!

~Antonette

Tina´s PicStory said...

wow, what wonderful pictures!

Dianne said...

It makes everything appear so magical - we are suffering under 40*C so any pics wich are snowy and frosty are a welcome sight

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Glorious photos! Here it is very dark out, the low gray sky shutting out all light. Rain alternating on and off. Your blue sky looks marvellous.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Stunning pix -- and I learned what hoarfrost is (kinda' knew the word from crosswords and reading but didn't REALLY know)-- thanks to you and Mr Wiki!)

Indrani said...

So much like greeting card pictures.
Stay warm!

Rajesh said...

Wonderful winter shots. So much snow.

Carver said...

The hoar frost is very beautiful. I love your winter wonderland shots. Happy New Year.

KB said...

Beautiful pics. My OWT is up too.


Happy New Year from New Zealand.

Powell River Books said...

It's beautiful, but probably hard to get around in. I hate driving in snow and ice. Hoar frost is so interesting. It makes the deciduous trees even more beautiful than the evergreens. Happy belated New Years! - Margy

Martha Z said...

Beautiful, Kay. Hoar frost is not a common occurrence in the places I have lived. In fact, I only saw it once when we lived in Bishop. Your pictures are magic.
My archives are running low and I need to get out for some photography now that the holidays are over and my family has gone home.

Susie Clevenger said...

It looks so cold...but the photos are so beautiful!

Jo said...

Happy New Year, Kay, Dick and Lindy! What beautiful photos, Kay. I hope you and Lindy are snuggling indoors while this weather pretties up the countryside. Blessings Jo

ladyfi said...

Wow.. what gorgeous shots! You have a real winter! Still waiting for ours...

Fran said...

Happy New Year Kay to you and yours. The snow and the frost look beautiful but I hate driving in it so much that it spoils the beauty of it for me. We have been lucky so far with really mild temperatures, but I get the feeling that this cold is just around the corner xxx Big kiss for Lindy from Alfie X

Reader Wil said...

Oh Kay! How beautiful! It is like a fairy tale world! We had hoar frost some years ago and the world looked different and better! Love to the two of you from your Dutch friend!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The countryside looks like a fairyland! I imagine it is very cold, but it's so pretty!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

A special Happy New Year wish for you!!

I love those pictures, but they remind me of why we head south at this time of the year.

Thanks so much for keeping in touch and enjoying my paintings.

Gattina said...

Your pictures are beautiful, love the cobweb ! we are far away from snow, it will probably arrive in summer ! For the moment we have 11 to 12 °C ! the warmest winter since 1873 !!

ksdoolittle said...

Such beauty!! Looks mighty cold, though!

Leslie said...

I don't think I've ever seen hoarfrost (maybe I did when I was a child, growing up in Illinois, but if so I don't remember.) At any rate, it is absolutely magical - especially that spiderweb. It does look very cold there, though, and since I am freezing today here in Florida, where the temps have dropped to only 40 degrees F, I think I'm happy to admire hoarfrost from a distance!

Linnea said...

The frost makings everything look frozen in time! It's stunning with the bright sunshine. Happy new year to you and I hope this year brings you further adventures both near and far.

Ebony said...

I'm not a fan of snow, but I love how pretty it is! Great photos. My favourite is the second picture... hoar frost with the blue sky above... great contrast! I am from BC and have only been to Alberta in the winter one time, except it was a Chinook! So I have yet to experience an Albertan winter.