Ice Blossoms & Crystals: Details of a Winter Day

When the fog lifted around noon, ice blossoms garlanded the trees glittering in the winter sun.

I knew I had a short window left before the hoar frost melted and the magic would be lost. So I set aside today’s to-do list for an hour and jumped in my car.

Row of ice-covered trees

Row of ice-covered trees

Wind blew the ice crystals off the branches. They hit the ground crackling like hail. It was raining ice blossoms!

Still, there were plenty of ice-encrusted details to capture. Ice blossoms hugged branches, seed heads, grass stalks, and dried-up leaves equally, crowning and framing each into its winter best.

When I left the higher elevation, I encountered this view of a woodsmoke-filled valley with a few ice-covered trees remaining on an exposed hill:

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20 Responses to Ice Blossoms & Crystals: Details of a Winter Day

  1. bythebriny says:

    Gorgeous images! I think you made a wise decision to postpone the to do list!


  2. That is so beautiful Annette. We are frying in a heat wave here in California. Probably hard to imagine for you.


  3. cindy knoke says:

    Exquisite. Fragile perfection.


  4. eta712whiteoakcottage says:

    Another winter gift. Exquisite!


  5. Annette, I have lovely little antique glasses for drinking the Gluehwein should we meet in the winter sometime! I particularly like the hoar attached to the stems of the Queen Anne’s Lace. Oh heck, I loved all of these beautiful shots!!


  6. Heyjude says:

    Hoar frost is wonderful, especially on those Umbellifers .


  7. Those photos are absolutely beautiful, something we never see here !


  8. Nita Smyth says:

    Breathtaking! I learned the hard way that when you saw something beautiful and amazing you had to stop everything and take pictures. Nature changes by the second.


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