Posts Tagged ‘ice crystals’

Freezing Fog

23 January 2014

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We have had “freezing fog” on the Palouse for the past five days now. It may disappear tomorrow when the sun comes out. I was not used to it, so took some photos. Technically, it’s probably not “fog” but extremely low clouds. But as you can see, it turns the trees, bushes and plants white.

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Here are what some rose hips by my apartment looked like on the second day.

rose hips

And here’s what a branch up on the hill looked like on the fourth day.

branch with crystals

An undropped oak leaf is encrusted with fine ice crystals.

oak leaf

Up on the hill, the crystals were long and whiskery by the fourth day.

branches closeup

The structure of these crystals is quite fascinating and appears quite delicate. I’m sure if there had been more wind, they would have all been knocked off.

crystals closeup

A little further down the hill, a different branch carries its crystals in a stubbier pattern.

bush branch