Wednesday, November 2, 2011
This morning found the valley filled with fog and the grass coated white. Desperate for frost pictures, I went out in the knuckle numbing cold. The temperature was just above freezing. If frost did form overnight the morning fog transformed it to frozen water droplets. Light lacy frost crystal pictures will wait for another day.
Bluets in flower are treasured here any day. November flowers are extra special as out of season rarities. Two years ago these clumps were moved here. It appears that they have established themselves.
A wild Golden Alexanders seed cluster resembles a fireworks star burst. The granular nature of the frozen moisture is clear on both the plant and the spider web.
Wild blackberry leaves are an under rated source of fall color. Spiders are everywhere!
High bush blueberries display a unique fall color. No fruit has appeared on these bushes for two consecutive years. Drought caused the plants to drop their fruit this year. A good survival strategy for the plant but no berries for us again. Last year a late hard freeze took the blossoms. Next year could be a good berry year.
Coral bells are the only non native plant pictured today. The varied nature of the ice deposits made this a must use photo.
A hard frost will happen sometime soon. Hopefully clear pictures of feathery frost sculptures will follow.