Hoar Frost

Last night was good and cold although not the 15째F they had predicted. This morning we were greeted by hoar frost at the construction site. Some of the crystals were over 4″ long. It is pretty amazing to see how they have lifted pieces of dirt, leaves and stones up into the air. This happens especially in moist spots around the springs. I’m not quite sure of the mechanism (chime in if you know) but my guess is it has something to do with water vapor from the air getting added to the supporting columns of ice to lift up objects. Pretty cool!

The rock in the background is a piece of the ledge by our house. It was polished probably by glaciers long ago. In getting ready for building our tiny cottage we scraped the dirt off of a fair section of ledge so we could attach to it. I’m considering putting a small garden pond in that would use some of the more spectacular ledge as it’s slope as it is quite beautiful.

The purpose of this second post today is to test a photo. The ones for the tiny cottage construction update were done with my FTP program. This photo was done with Blogger’s photo uploader. If you have been having problems recently viewing photos, please leave a note to let me know if this photo and the construction photos work for you or not.



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3 Responses to Hoar Frost

  1. Patti says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

  2. Grandma says:

    Both photos shows just fine, like I said before I think it was just those 3 days and that it was a server problem. Thanks for looking into the problem, Happy Thanksgiving to you, and all of your family.

  3. Emily says:

    Interesting stuff, Walter. Thanks for sharing. I’ve never seen hoar frost before. Hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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