Magical Hoar Frost

Ever wonder what makes a winter wonderland a winter wonderland? If you think it is the whiteness or the magic of the snow you are surely mistaken. It is indeed the beautiful phenomena of hoar frost that creates a landscape that surpasses many beautiful scenes.

Never heard of Hoar Frost?

Hoar frost refer to the white ice-crystal that get deposited on the ground, leaves and branches of trees, wires etc. It forms on cold and clear nights when the heat radiates into the sky faster than it can be replaced from sources such as wind or warm objects. Objects cool to below the frost point of the surrounding air, and well below the freezing point of water.

The result of this freezing is a beautiful landscape that turns EVERYTHING into white, frost covered crystals. The name hoar comes from an old english adjective that means “showing signs of old age”. In this context it refers to the frost that make the trees and bushes look like white hair.

Here is my collection of photos I took yesterday while out walking the dogs in the South Cooking Lake Area (Alberta, Canada). It was around 15h00 and about -20°C. All photos are with my Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, although all with varying settings.

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