hoar frost

February 16, 2016 |  Category:   life










I almost forgot to share with you these photos of the frost that was everywhere in Washington. I posted a few images on Instagram last month, but of course took so many more pictures. Apparently this is hoar frost and it happens when ice crystals get deposited as a result of below freezing temps, moisture in the air and contact on surfaces chilled below freezing point (you learn something new everyday). In Washington we had a few very foggy mornings and what was left behind when the fog lifted was this hoar frost. From a far it looks like sparkling snow. I became obsessed with it and couldn’t stop examining all the different crystal formations whenever we’d go for a walk outside. The air was so dry and the frost was so solidly formed that I could pick it up with my fingers without disturbing the crystals. Science!

Speaking of ice and below freezing temps, we had a weekend of extreme cold and even more extreme hibernation last weekend here in NYC. I didn’t leave the house for days and I saw only a few people out on the streets whenever I looked out the window (usually dog walkers). I suppose winter had to show its face for real after the mild Fall we had. Being indoor-bound means lots of cooking projects, and it felt like all we did the last 3 days was eat. Slow cooked short ribs in red wine sauce spooned over mashed potatoes, waffles and bacon, thick slabs of eggplant parmigiana, and cake.

It’s surprising now to see light outside after 5pm, but it’s a daily reminder that time keeps pushing forward. One of the things that have made the cold weather hibernation bearable was making summer travel plans. A house was booked and part of our airplane tickets purchased. The things we look forward to are the things that make the dead of winter pass a little sweeter.

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  • Jeanette February 16, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    These photos are breathtaking. Literally. I missed a breath when they all fully loaded. I’ve never seen anything like this — thank you for sharing!

    • Jenna February 16, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Jeanette. I don’t remember seeing anything like it either, which is why I was so obsessed with it. So many variations too because of how they interact with different surfaces.

  • Mary February 17, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Really cool pictures!

  • Chris Baerg February 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Love your photos. I live in Vancouver, BC and also took lots of pictures. Every blade of grass and leaf was so interesting.

  • Justine February 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    These are gorgeous. I love your photography!

  • Annie February 19, 2016 at 12:00 am


  • claudia February 20, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Really exquisite.

  • may February 27, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Hoar frost is my favourite thing about winter! Love these.

  • Diane February 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    beautiful images!