Friday, December 11, 2009

Colder Than a Witches Tit

In Alaska sometimes we have what is called Ice Fog. What that means is that it’s colder than a witches tit, as my sister always says. (Really that amounts to anything below 14 degrees F., usually here it's far below 14 or even 0 depending on the time of year or where you live.)

You might think Ice Fog is a terrible thing and decide to remain indoors till temperatures return to above cackle worthy levels. But you’d be missing out on the most amazing phenomenon, or at least one of them.

When Ice Fog occurs the ice crystals in the air attach themselves to all the things around them, transforming normal bare brown, dead looking tree branches into natural sparkling crystal covered works of art. Everything in its path is also coated but it’s the trees that, to me make it worth standing outside to admire natures hand in temperatures that are able to transform you into a humansicle in seconds flat.

(Please excuse the blurry, less than amazing quality of the pictures. They were taken with my cell phone.)



2 comments:

  1. We get it here on occasion, too. Those early morningsbon my drive to work when every stand of trees is coated and sparkling are the closest I've felt to a spiritual understanding of my place in the cosmos. So I get what you're saying, Monica.
    Great post--glad I caught it!
    Donna Carrick

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  2. What beautiful photos! I have to say I'm glad I don't live there, though. Visiting would be nice...as long as I can come home. (grin)

    And we grumble about 50 degree weather in So Cal. LOL Wimps, that's what we are. (grin)

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