Sometimes, when conditions are just right, frost crystals grow out from everything like spikes. Occasionally on a lucky morning you can catch them, having formed overnight on a nearby fence or some trees. But yesterday, this frost, generally known as hoarfrost, formed on everything and lasted most of the day. We went up to Cambridge that day, and all the way up we were surrounded by a white wonderland beyond what you even see after a heavy snow.
The ice crystals look like thorns up close, making ordinarily harmless-looking trees resemble Joshua Trees or Cholla.
When this effect is applied across the entire landscape, it is strikingly beautiful.
The hoarfrost lasted for a few hours, but by the time we were driving home it was gone. It lasting this long is quite rare, I have never seen it last into the day or cover everything to this extent, and neither had my parents.
This is Part 2 of a collection of black-and-white photos taken in Stillwater. Part 1 is at A Day in Stillwater. All of these photos were taken on the same day, for a photography assignment where I was supposed to mimic the style of Berenice Abbott.
Yesterday we had light snowfall throughout the day leading into a blizzard, so I took a few pictures in the evening. It went from almost no snow at all to this in a day. And, today, it is already melting and has lost multiple inches.
I measured this spot later, and there were around 11 inches built up (27.94 cm).
In places, it had reached up to 13 inches (33.02 cm). Weather changes pretty fast at springtime here, and it seems like this will be mostly melted by Saturday.