Monday, November 7, 2011

November Frost

After a late evening of printing and preparing works for the show later this month, I rose before the sun and headed out to capture the world as the sun rises.  A very cold night resulted in fabulous frost formations.  I travelled to a location that I had in mind and setup my tripod and gear before the sun crested the horizon.  As it rose, the sun cast beautiful yellows and oranges that served as a colourful backdrop and soft accent lighting for these images.  An hour later, my toes were frozen and fingers numb, but I had captured an exciting sequence of shots.

Bulky ice crystals form on this tiny leaf.  Each crystal is so tiny that collectively they are seen simply as frost.  A very close inspection turns a layer of snowy white frost into these incredible structures.  It is a wonder of nature that these delicate crystals form all on their own and then simply evaporate into thin air with the rising sun.  A daily magic trick for our enjoyment!

Long crystals of ice cling to these tiny twigs.  To the passerby, this is a mere coating of frost.  To the close observer, these micro crystals form shapes that resemble a spruce tree. 

A blade of field grass is wrapped in frost and waits patiently for the rising sun to thaw it.

A tiny curling leaf tells the story of transition from autumn to winter; autumn colours glow beneath a layer of icy crystals.

The top of a cattail head, loaded heavy with frost crystals

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