Winter Photos

December 30, 2010 2 Comments

While driving in winter and dealing with the extreme cold are not my favorite things to do this time of the year, Mother Nature can sure put on a show.  Here are some photos that some people sent in from last week’s snow and this week’s hoar frost.  Beautiful.

And here are the photos from my attempts at photographing nature:

Snow on our southern spruce. The deep snow makes the tree look even shorter than it is.

Our neighbor's junipers. They look cool covered in snow.

This is our DeGroots Spire Arborvitae. We moved him this year and he didn't like it. We need to get the snow off of him. Maybe he will feel better then.

The umpteen inches of snow on one of our junipers.

If you shoot through the window, make sure the lens is touching the glass. That way the flash won't make your photo yellow. I blame Clyde for this one. He was trying to help.

I was going for the "artistic look". It just looks like I got a branch in the way.

This one kind of looks like I added a fuzz to the image, but that is just what happened shooting through the window.

A couple of days after the heavy snow, it was very foggy. The fog deposited hoar frost on everything. It was beautiful. I took the following pictures at home and at work. 

Some of these images were taken while I was playing with the settings on my camera. I still don’t know anything about aperature and shutter speed, but I did have fun playing with them. And with digital, I’m not wasting film.

Enjoy your photo ops!

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  1. Karen Jones says:

    Why is it called hoar frost? where does the name come from?

    • Eileen Loan says:

      Karen, Hoar frost means “white frost” and seems to be of German descent.
      From I found this definition: Date of Origin Old English [OE]
      Hoar now survives mainly in hoary, a disparaging term for ‘old’, and hoarfrost, literally ‘white frost’. Between them, they encapsulate the meaning of hoar – ‘greyish-white haired with age’. But it is the colour that is historically primary, not the age. The word goes back to an Indo-European *koi-, whose other descendants include German heiter ‘bright’ and Russian ser’iy ‘grey’. Another Germanic offshoot was *khairaz – but here the association between ‘grey hair’ and ‘age, venerability’ began to cloud the issue. For while English took the word purely as a colour term, German and Dutch have turned it into a title of respect, originally for an elderly man, now for any man: herr and mijnheer respectively.

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