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Hex Diamonds

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Hexagonal plate ice crystals form between warm and cold air

Bundling up and marching off into the snow when it’s below zero has its rewards. These tiny and delicate hexagonal plate ice crystals formed along the bank of Fargo Brook where stream undercutting has exposed bare soils to the frigid air. When damp warmth filtering out of the ground meets the air the crystals form. These crystals were only a few millimeters wide so getting in close with a macro lens was necessary.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

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Window Frost

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Ornate ice crystals form on the inside of our garage windows.

Sub-zero temperatures do have their advantages…

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 320, f/9, 1/640″ exposure.

Frosted Rugosa

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Rugosa rose leaves bedecked with frost

Intricate frost crystals grow on rugosa rose leaves in the chilly morning air.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/16, 1/400″ exposure

Frosted

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Chicory frosted

Late season chicory sports a fringe of frost.

Nikon D600, Sigma 105mm macro lens, ISO 1250, f/13, 1/60″ exposure.

Frosted

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Dried ferns frosted along Fargo Brook

Moist air from open water combine with below zero temperatures to create fine frost crystals on dried ferns along Fargo Brook.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 60mm macro lens, ISO 800, f/11, 1/100″ exposure.

Bluebird day…

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Looking north towards Mt. Mansfield from the summit of Camel’s Hump

It was a fine morning to climb the Hump today. Although there was very little snow in the woods even up at the ridge meadow, traction aids were a must as the trail is still pretty much ice covered above 2500′.

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Going up the icy trail!

Glacé

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Iced magnolia buds yesterday morning

The season of wacky winter weather continues. Yesterday morning’s icing event coated our backyard magnolia (and everything else) in a good layer of ice before the south winds drove the temperature up to 51 by mid afternoon.

Panasonic GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 88mm, ISO 800, f/10, 1/60″ exposure.

-24 Below Frost Feathers

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Fine frost feathers above open water on Fargo Brook

Our temperature got down to -24f this morning. I knew there would be some lovely ice crystals forming along the fringes of open water in Fargo Brook. I wasn’t disappointed! These delicate “frost feathers” are only about 2mm across. Fine indeed!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 30mm macro, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/160″ exposure.

Frosty Anne

Queen Anne's lace sporting a touch of morning frost
Queen Anne’s lace sporting a touch of morning frost

A tightly packed Queen Anne’s lace seed head sports a mantle of frost in the early morning.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 30mm macro lens, ISO 400, f/2.8, 1/1300″ exposure.

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