Christmas came early this year

I’ll continue my series of frost photos by rejoicing in the fact that I haven’t taken down my Christmas lights. They attracted a ton of frost (yes, I know it’s Rime Ice) last weekend and gave it some color to work with!

 

Orange you glad I was able to shoot photos like this one? Oh, I feel like I’m just getting warmed up with the puns. We got absolutely blasted out by my place. My wife said that it wasn’t as dramatic in town.

 

I’ve been green with envy in the past when others have had frost photos while I had none. I haven’t take photos like this in many years. The conditions need to be just right, and I need to be available to get out there with my camera.

 

It was actually pretty tough to get some shots of these bulbs without my gutters and stuff in the background. I wanted a nice, clean background for my frost photos, so I actually picked a corner with some good ones and dug out a ladder so I could contort myself and get these angles.

 

Moment of confession: I didn’t take my Christmas lights down after 2019’s holiday season wrapped up. And they’re all going strong, even after baking in the sun all summer long. Thankfully they hung in there (one last pun) and provided a wonderful batch of photos!

Cold as ice

Cold as Rime Ice, that is…although I’m still going to call it frost. I actually predicted it, this time: I knew the weather conditions the night before, I’d decided that they were going to be perfect for this sort of development, and I was one hundred percent accurate the following morning.

When I first ventured out into the yard, I was astonished. I knew we were going to have an event in the morning, but in no way did I expect things to be so absolutely spectacular!

I don’t want to get into a measuring contest of any sort, but check this out! These are some pretty impressive spikes!

I also knew it was going to be cold outside when I wanted to go out and get these shots. Ya know what? It was worth it.

I’ve taken a few photos of this sort of phenomenon before, but only once have I gotten the really spiky type of ice crystals. And even then, they were nothing like this.

Naturally, I had to start close to home. There was just so much cool stuff! I knew I’d have a gold mine with the barbed wire, so I decided to check out some other surfaces around the place first.

It’s nice when you don’t even have to leave your deck in order to find an awesome photo! That made it easier to dart inside and warm up frequently.

X marks the spot. Over the next few days, I picked a lot of spots. I took a plethora of photos, too. I plan to group them into some awesome blog posts to share, too! So hang on, it’s gonna be like the good ol’ days when I used to post on this blog more frequently! At least for a while…

Frost ahead

It helps to know your way around Bismarck, paying attention to street names.

When we had a few days of spectacular frost (or Rime Ice, if you want to get technical) I was actually able to break away for a little bit and get my camera out!

I probably had my camera out of the bag more over the course of these four days than I did in all of 2020, so I’m pretty stoked to be able to present 109 edited photos of this phenomenon! And I’m going to continue to call it frost. The purists out there will have to concede that the difference between the two is in its formation, but the end result is the same: beauty.