Cold Morning Stars

Jack Frost’s Been Here

With winter we get automatic artwork on our windows. If the temperatures drop low enough fractal forms march across the glass making for magnificent displays come morning’s light. Some days they are just small fingers of frost like the ones above. Other days they’re vast flat ferns growing and glowing. Once the sun hits them they quickly evaporate leaving behind memories unless I’m quick to capture them on silicon.

Outdoors: 2째F/-10째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 61째F/53째F

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7 Responses to Cold Morning Stars

  1. Gail in Montana says:

    Beautiful frost photo, Walter!!!! Winter does have it's high points. Hope you don't get hit with the horrible storms that are going on south of you. But you are well stocked in your little cabin that will withstand the worst mother nature has to offer. Be safe, well, and warm!!

  2. Mary Ricksen says:

    It's like a little alien world isn't it.
    In any case I have often been mesmerized by the pretty pattens on windows in winter.
    There is such beauty in nature. Nice to see another frost lover!

  3. Emily says:

    Looking at your beautiful frosty windows, got me wondering why our windows don't frost up. I've noticed that our greenhouse windows get frost on them as well as our heated chicken coop which has a poor quality window. Our house has triple pane and a couple double pane windows with argon. I'm wondering if your windows are poor quality or if it is an environmental factor, such as high humidity?

  4. Alina says:

    That is a beautiful photo, but that's not what brought me here. :) I would love to hear more about your fencing for your animals. Are all of your paddocks set up all the time or do you sort of leapfrog your strands and electrified chicken wire to stay ahead of the animals? Is your entire property fenced in with a traditional fence then subdivided just by electric strands? We have 7 acres (4 pasture, 2 woods and 1 lawn and garden) and no fence at all. I'm starting entirely from scratch. So far all I have is chickens (as of two days ago!) but I would like to keep dairy goats and a pig or two as well. So a fencing crash course would be wonderful. I've searched your site but haven't found a post that really focused on the fencing and how you set it up and use it. I'd appreciate the help!

  5. Alina, Check out these articles for details on fencing. We fence outside perimeters strongly and then use polywire on divisions due to cost and time. Netting works great as a temporary fencing. There are some tricks to it. Get a good fence charger, 6 joules or more is ideal, minimum of 2 joules. Realize that the animals need training to electric fencing in a physically well fenced area with the electric inside of that.



  6. Alina says:

    Thanks, Walter! And thanks for visiting my blog. I'm having one of my "strobe light off" moments, now, so I'm not absorbing, from those posts, exactly how you've laid out your fencing. But that's okay, I just bought a big, fat book about management intensive grazing and if that can't "learn me" then nothin' can.

  7. Alina,

    Think of our fences as a strong outer ring with lines coming in from the outer ring that sub-divide the total field area into small paddocks. The animals are moved through the paddocks as they graze down the plants. The outer ring is hot smooth high tensile four wire since we also have sheep. The inner perimeters are two to three wires of polywire on step-in posts. has a good description of how to fence in their resources page.



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