Crossing the Line

One must stay at the edge when photographing morning frost. There is a moving line.


Crossing the Line - February 2012

On one side of the line the frost crystals are pristine, sharp and clear. But they have no sparkle. On the other side of the line, they sparkle, flare… and melt.


Yes, this is the same flower as yesterday’s post. As I moved, my eye caught the flash of the sun flare through the frost crystals, so I took another image.


Just a little shift in camera position caught this sun flare - February 2012

It is also slightly darker, showing the detail a little more clearly in the white frost.

I am always of two minds when I have several photos I like of the same subject; should I show more than one? Or should I choose one and show only the one? What do you think?


This tiny flower appeared to have been coated in sugar crystals.


Sweet Little Crystallized Flower - February 6, 2012

I loved the colorful spots of sunlight refracted through the ice crystals!

I also remembered why I usually go out before I am showered and dressed for work… I went back in the house with wet, muddy elbows and knees, having only just remembered not to flop down flat on my belly to get the best angle.

Pond on a Cold Morning

Don’t you just love these ice crystals growing between logs in the pond? Crystals are endlessly fascinating, whether these common but evanescent* ice crystals or the incredibly huge, unimaginably ancient gypsum crystals in the Mexican Cueva de los Cristales: *Evanescent – Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing. Oh, how I love finding the perfect word, one that expresses exactly what I wanted to say as economically as possible! 🙂

Pond Crystals

Hmm, ice crystals grow relatively quickly at temperatures of around 32 degrees F, while the gypsum crystals formed incredibly slowly (over millennia) at around 136 degrees F.