Winter’s Waning

13 days and still Gaia is blanketed by white

The earth refuses to give up her cover and allow spring’s flowers to stretch and bloom

After the storm
After the storm

Early March snows melt quickly creating vignettes that are etched into my mind

But still I count down the days until spring

Snowdrops in snow
Snowdrops in snow
Sumac berries in the snow
Sumac berries in the snow
A dusting of snow on the Witch hazel
A dusting of snow on the Witch hazel

Ice Encased

A glass of wine, winter boots and my daily pilgrimage into the gardens. 

These past few weeks the Arctic’s cold breath has ended with a whisper of southern warmth.

Horned-lark on frozen corn field
Horned-lark on frozen corn field

Winter’s white morphs into a glass encased landscape.

Witch hazel encased in ice
Witch hazel encased in ice
Ice encased Norway spruce
Ice encased Norway spruce

I take care not to slip and spill my wine…

Holly leaves encased in ice
Holly leaves encased in ice
Norway spruce branch encased in ice
Norway spruce branch encased in ice
Laceleaf maple encased in ice
Laceleaf maple encased in ice

Hoar Frost or Touched by a Sprite

I knew by the meteorological events of the night that along the stream bed the Sprites had come out to dance and fly and leave behind a glimpse of their magic. What they left behind grew exponentially as Mother Gaia’s warm breath met the cold night air. 

Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019

I couldn’t contain myself, at every step a new and wonderous creation appeared. 

Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019

One photograph than two, each bringing clarity to the formations of ice. 

Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019

I hope you take a moment to look through that which we have shared. You will make the Sprites smile tonight!

hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019

 

Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019
Hoar frost along a spring fed stream February 1, 2019

 

If you are interested   What is hore frost?   and  why is it called that?

There are several different kinds of frost. One of them is hoar-frost, also known as radiation frost, hoarfrost, or pruina. This refers to interlocking arrangement of white ice crystals that are deposited loosely on the ground or any exposed object forming on very cold nights whenever heat is lost into the sky causing objects to become colder than the air that surrounds it.