Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Elusive Frost

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.


Lona said...

I hate to see the cold weather come but the frost and fog makes some beautiful pictures.

Lyn said...

The photo of the blackberry leaf is lovely, Ed. Our frosts should now be over for the year (but you never know), so I'll enjoy yours as your garden slips into winter.

DeVona said...

Lovely photos and blog!

Vintages said...

Ahhh! I remember October frosts and snowfalls from living in Maine for a few years ... a long time ago. California weather suits me just fine! But frosty flowers, icy leaves and frozen ponds do make a beautiful sight. Thanks for the images. Bob

Cynthia Walker Pickens said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Bluets, or Quaker Ladies, as I knew them, take me back to my childhood. I grew up not too far from you, in Chenango County, and our lawn would be covered with them every spring and early summer. They seem to me the epitome of daintinessm, and I still get excited when I find them in my lawn!