Rabbit Frost Again

We had a hard freeze last night – I think it was down to 16 – so now the hardiest of weeds and grasses have been frozen.Β  As I was headed up the ridge, I spotted the rabbit frost this morning.The second picture show the whirls of frost coming from the stems. Wish my camera was better so you could see the intricacies of the frost – the curling and twisting is so beautiful. Another amazing sight in the course of our seasons.

Ephemeral Rabbit Frost

Our hard freeze finally arrived early this morning. And with it came one of my favorite gifts of the season – rabbit frost.
The frost is formed when the moisture in the stems of the grasses and weeds is frozen and then is squeezed thru the membranes of the plant. It causes a delicate sheet of ice to burst thru and curl around the stems.
I have seen frost form huge roses of curls. This happens especially if it is an early freeze and there is more moisture in the plants.
If you try to touch the rabbit frost, it will shatter like shaved ice and will disappear as soon as the sunlight hits it.

I am sorry that these photos don’t show the delicacy of the frost.

It is one more of the beauties of the course of our seasons.