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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wednesday Vignette - It Could Be Worse

My niece in Alaska sent these pictures of hoar frost  a few days ago, while we were still experiencing relatively warm temperatures.


Sometimes I think of winters in the north with a bit of nostalgia.  Our recent snow, cold temperatures, and wind has me rethinking that a bit.  There is a beauty in the calm dry cold though.




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22 comments:

  1. Wow, loving the "fractals" on stem of your last shot

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    1. It's a stunning shot. Especially nice to observe from afar.

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  2. Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos you niece sent you. Really glorious. I bet it doesn't thaw and re-freez in Alaska every day.

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    1. It does thaw a bit on some days when it gets up to the thirties but the ground stays frozen until late in the spring.

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  3. That last shot is kind of amazing! I'd like to go to bed and wake up in a couple of weeks when our temps have warmed up again and all the snow has melted.

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous. Too pretty not to share. I'm with you about sleeping through this snowy icy mess!

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  4. I don't understand how humans can live in such a cold place.

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    1. Insanity helps. Seriously, though, google and read the poem "The Spell of the Yukon" by Robert Service. It explains a lot about how that very special place wins one over.

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  5. I thought that first photo must be of some innovative stained glass project at first! I've never seen hoar frost. It's pretty cool. (Ouch - that pun wasn't intended.)

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    1. Love the pun. Hoar frost is gorgeous, especially in pictures taken by someone else.

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  6. Nothing beats trees limned with hoar frost against a bright blue sky. Your niece's photos demonstrate this perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Those are wonderful shots. Such beauty in the brutality of extreme cold.

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    1. Gee, it was calm, sunny, and a balmy 15 degrees. A walk in the park temperature-wise in that part of the world.

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  8. So pretty, but the cold requires lots of warm clothing. I think your climate is just fine!

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    1. It was about that cold last time I visited and it wasn't so bad as it's a dry cold. However, I've become spoiled by our mostly mild winters.

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  9. I can imagine the thrill of moving to your current place from the 'so much less gardening time' of AK. I enjoyed the shots of hoar frost. We don't see that here very often. I always feel like it is an event when it does appear.

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    1. It was a thrill and there was so much to learn about all the plants that are hardy here and resulted in a garden full of one of everything.

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  10. That last image is as lovely as your colorful glass window. Hoar frost is something we rarely get and is so beautiful. But winter does get tiring. One day you're OK and the next you can't wait for it to be gone!

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  11. I remember the first time I heard my mother exclaim, 'Look at the hoar frost, isn't it beautiful?!' and I stood there, perplexed. I was just a little kid, but fairly wise to the world, and couldn't imagine what in the world frost had to do with whores. (I was quickly informed there was a difference in spelling and meaning, and I think Mom vowed to figure out who I was hanging around with a little more.) To this day, I think of hoar frost as rather naughty as well as incredibly beautiful. I have never seen any in WI to compare to the photos your niece sent. :-)

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    1. Too funny. I thought the same thing when I was a kid.

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  12. Gorgeous shots, from a (probably) gorgeous place. I've never been to Alaska, but it is on my bucket list. Sure, it's cold and dark in the winters, but I would totally love those long, light summer nights, and the aurora borealis. Swoon...

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