Hoarfrost Beauty

Waking up this morning - fog had reduced visibility by quite a bit, but it left behind quite a sight.

Hoarfrost (pronounced hoar frost) seemed to light up every tree and bush with a vivid outline on each branch.

The World English Dictionary defines hoarfrost as a deposit of needle-like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing point.

Photos don't do it justice and it's a fairly rare sight to behold.  When it does, you have to look quick, as the rising sun melts it in a hurry.

On the way home from church this morning, the heavy crystals and light, thin layer of snow on power lines and tree limbs cascaded to the ground as gentle breezes blew, creating a cinematic experience of a "Wonderful Life" snow that Mr. Bailey runs through as he greets the old Building & Loan.

It's like the trees have 'goose-bumps' with the crystals standing at attention until melted into little puddles a couple of hours later.

The next couple of days are supposed to be the coldest ones of the next week around here - very likely this was the last snow painting I'll see out our window this year.