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. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Today was a day of errand running, but such a special day that I ran for my pocket camera to take photos of the surrounding beauty. We loaded up the car with green bags to head to the transfer station. I took a quick photo of the clematis vine by our front door first. I wanted a shot of the frozen spider webs, but we were in a rush. We needed to get to the post office before it closed at noon. Mailing a big Christmas box to the grandchildren is very exciting and important too, so off we went.Dec1-2012Hoarfrost1

After a successful Post Office trip, onward it was to the transfer station. While my husband emptied the bags into the separate bins, I photographed the surroundings:




A close-up of the frost on a signDec1-2012Hoarfrost6

Then we headed to the feed mill to collect dog food. We drove through the fog… See the car headlights?Dec1-2012Hoarfrost8Dec1-2012Hoarfrost9

Here we are at the parking lot, surrounded by trees and weeds coated with hoarfrost.Dec1-2012Hoarfrost10Dec1-2012Hoarfrost11Dec1-2012Hoarfrost12Dec1-2012Hoarfrost13Dec1-2012Hoarfrost14

Next we headed to the nearby town of Fergus to do some grocery shopping in preparation for a dinner on Monday night for my husband’s students. We crossed the Grand River to get there:Dec1-2012Hoarfrost15


At the grocery store, the roof of the cart station looked like this:Dec1-2012Hoarfrost19

When it was time to leave, we chose a different route home.Dec1-2012Hoarfrost20


Almost like driving by Braille sometimes!Dec1-2012Hoarfrost21

I love old fences!Dec1-2012Hoarfrost23

We passed the home of our dog trainer and said hi to her horsesDec1-2012Hoarfrost24

And then we drove on and eventually turned into our own laneway, past the ten silver maples.Dec1-2012Hoarfrost27

I quickly took a few photos from our patio before it became too dark. I thought these looked a bit evil!Dec1-2012Hoarfrost29

Love my grasses and Verbena bonariensis!Dec1-2012Hoarfrost30VerbenaBonariensis

Looking through the old lilacs toward our benches and table.Dec1-2012Hoarfrost31

The helleboresDec1-2012Hoarfrost32Hellebores

Blue fescueDec1-2012Hoarfrost33

From our upstairs window…a spruce branch. Have you noticed that ALL of these photos are in color? It’s true!Dec1-2012Hoarfrost35I really enjoyed my day and hope you did too!


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Gardener, knitter, wife, mother of 2, grandmother, and lots more.
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3 Responses to Hoarfrost

  1. Your photos are stunning. Really captured the foggy, frosty view.

  2. Mary Waind says:

    Wonderful that you captured these spectacular images, Marie. What a day!

  3. Gayle says:

    Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them!

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