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Rime. January 5, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Rime ice, a deposition of super-cooled mists onto the surfaces of below-freezing objects, is a common winter spectacle in the local High Country.  It’s sort of a cross between wind-blown snow and freezing rain, and it’s brought in by low clouds blowing through the hills.

This big spruce looks from a distance as though it’s covered with snow (and down low it is:)

…but a close-up of the upper section of the tree reveals the magic of rime:

A surprise visit from a patch of blue encouraged me to snag a couple more “tree shots,” one of tall trees along the road:

…and this, a group of maples at the apex of Tilda Hill Road in Florida:

That’s Florida Massachusetts,  I probably didn’t need to mention!

Next post: frozen rivers.  🙂



1. Sylvia Kirkwood - January 6, 2010

Exquisite captures as always, CR! Thank you for the beauty! It was needed this evening!


2. Laurie B - January 6, 2010

Love the photos, always. Down here at 131′ altitude, river level, flatlanders we are, we know that it’s rime but we call that frozen fog.
Just as pretty but you capture the light so well.

3. pagan sphinx - January 6, 2010

Did you know that rime is also the part of the syllable used in poetic rhyme, and the part that is lengthened or stressed when a person elongates or stresses a word in speech? I’m so smart, aren’t I? Actually, no. I know what it IS but I cheated and copied and pasted a piece of the definition from wikipedia. That is so lazy-assed of me! 😀

In one word, these photos are amaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing!

4. sherry - January 6, 2010


5. littlebangtheory - January 6, 2010

Gina, you are indeed smart – Smart People use wikipedia, too! Thanks for cluing me, and to all of you for the nice words!


6. susan - January 11, 2010

Although I spent six years living in Vancouver BC and spent a fair amount of time on the islands I never heard of frost flowers until very recently. Perhaps you’ve already seen them elsewhere but if not the photographs taken by a young guy who is a chef as well as a wonderful photographer who lives on Gabriola Island.

7. littlebangtheory - January 11, 2010

Susan, those are very cool! A type of hoar frost, apparently. I’ve never seen them around here. I wonder exactly what combination of circumstances causes them to form some places and not others?

8. susan - January 11, 2010

I’m glad you checked them out. The only thing I know about them was on a wiki link that said it was necessary for the air to freeze but not the ground. That’s an odd combination anywhere.

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