Frosty Photo Ops
It was one of those subfreezing, clear wintry days when the air was filled with humidity as the sun peeked its effervescent rays over the nearby mountains. I looked out the window and noticed the frost thinly caked on the glass. The tree branches in the yard and wire fence were encased in fine crystals, now sparkling like jewels as the sun hit the frost. In my western Montana home, where the air is normally dry, this was one of those unusual climatic conditions we don't often get. It was to be a morning of hoarfrosted elements when the right below freezing temperature collides with enough humidity in the air to cause these beautiful crystals to form on anything and everything in the outdoors. From tree branches to their pine needles and pine cones, to fence posts and the wire fences with horsehairs hanging from them, everything was encased in geometrical icings. My dog's whiskers along with the neighbor's horse's whiskers were equally frosted. Fur on any animal living in these conditions becomes whitened and crystallized as their warm bodies combat the freezing temperatures.
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