Weather in Arizona – usually temperatures are described as warm, warmer, hot, hotter, or real hot. So far this year, though, warmth hasn’t been a factor here at all. With that thought in mind, can you guess what these close-up photos are? The top photo is frost on the fabric top of a convertible. The middle photo is frozen rain drops on the shark fin antenna of the same car. The bottom photo is hail as it fell onto our patio table. I’m not complaining about our Arizona cloudy, cool, sometimes rainy weather though. Our home in Canada is just coming out of ‘Deep Freeze’ mode. Wind chills have been in the -40°C to -50°C range. Sure glad we’ve missed that…
A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water. ― Carl Reiner – There’s one good thing about snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor’s. – Clyde Moore
It is a WordPress Photo Challenge and the topic is Ornate. Man has challenged Mother Nature. Mother Nature presented this work by Jack Frost who embellished this Campanula flower with spikes of white crystals. Man replied with this intricate metal scroll work on carved wood at Residenz Wurzburg in Germany. Mother Nature fired back with the work of Sylvia Spider who embellished some dead spruce needles with a fine web thread. Jack Frost then highlighted each element with a sparkling series of frozen droplets. Man said “Go big or go home” and presented the lavish decoration of the inside of Zwiefalten Abbey in Germany. Mother Nature confidently turned once more to Jack Frost and said, “Show them a close-up look at frost crystals.” Who will win this Photo Challenge? The choice is up to you! This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is: Ornate.
A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England. – Rudyard Kipling, The Light That Failed – Sunbeams cut through the morning fog. As the fog starts to lift, frost steals across the ground. Water drops freeze onto the tips of the grass blades.
Our first ‘winter storm’ of the season was night before last. It didn’t drop that much snow, and the temperature didn’t get all that much below freezing. It wasn’t a big deal, unless you were one of the unfortunate ones who had to drive to work the next morning. People seem to forget how to drive on slippery roads, so the first commute of the winter is a nightmare. I wouldn’t normally venture out in a car until well after the morning traffic had got to where they were going. Rush hour, darkness, and icy roads aren’t my thing. But The Car Guy had an appointment at a Doctor’s Office at 8:30 AM, and I’m still the designated driver, so at 7:30 in the morning we ventured onto the freeway for a trip that would normally take about 40 minutes. At 8:45 I breathed a sigh of relief that we had arrived at our destination, safe and sound and only 15 minutes late! After the appointment, I faced another task I don’t enjoy – paying …
All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them. – Erma Bombeck – A carpet of white snow is slowly blanketing our part of the world. No one minds if children trod upon it, build snowmen with it, or slide down it. Children don’t seem to think winter is nearly as long as their parents do! Across the street from the Red House, the Hay Bales got their first dusting of white a few weeks ago. The bales are looking more and more like frosted shredded wheat! Our recent heavy frost briefly left a coat of white ice crystals on every surface. This tree stump looks like it has sprouted white feathers! Cascade Mountain sports the first snow of the winter. It won’t be long before there is enough snow in the mountains for the ski season to start!
Unanswerable questions about raindrops and snowflakes
Frosty days and ice-still nights, Fir trees trimmed with tiny lights, – Jo Geis, Christmas Long Ago – As elves go, Jack Frost is one of my favourites. He arrives without warning, but never stays too long. His artistry is magnificent, but fleeting – so I never tire of his work. He doesn’t play favourites – everything within his reach gets equal treatment. But best of all, he works at night, so that when I throw back the curtains in the morning I am greeted with a fairy wonderland. I truly feel sorry for all you people who live somewhere beyond the reach of Jack Frost! You remember my story called A Grassy Path From Here to There? That Path has matured now, giving Jack Frost countless stalks to coat with crystal beads. And the Allium Seed Heads that I showed you in Going to Seed? Coated with frost from top to bottom! Jack’s true artistry can’t be appreciated unless I show you that each and every crystal is a masterpiece! Now, don’t you wish …
This close up photograph of a bubble was taken with a zoom lens. This macro photograph of frost was taken with a macro lens.
An unexpected frost in mid August coated plants in low lying areas.