We awoke this morning to our woods facing the mountain edge, covered in a little wonderland of white branches. It wasn’t snow but even from my window I could see something was magical about it. I steeled myself with a cup of coffee first and then layered up and took a deep breath before facing the cold. The wind coming up and over the mountain face was brutal, but what I found made it worthwhile.
Icy spikes covered everything that was upright, sticks, pine needles, leaves, spiderwebs, weeds, moss, pinecones. I had my iPhone and just snapped away until my fingers were numb. (even with gloves)
So a friend told me it was called rime ice. I read and it’s basically fog that freezes, especially when a freezing wind blows it across objects, the moisture freezes on things. It looks like the crystals they find deep in the caves.
I found it quite beautiful and enjoyed seeing it up close and enjoyed even more my second cup of coffee. I heard that Spring IS coming this year! I’m looking forward to it.