Frozen Fog

The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over the harbor and city on silent haunches, and then moves on. — Carl Sandburg, American poet and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes
This weekend, I woke to a winter wonderland, only it wasn’t the snowy kind.
It was a freezing fog.

Winter fogs, so I’ve learned, are different from fogs that show up in other seasons. During winter, humid air moving over a cold surface can turn into fog.

Additionally, freezing fog can form when cool air moves over warm, moist land. This kind of fog is also called hoar frost.

I don’t know the meteorological terminology for what we had, but the weather forecasters said something about temperature inversion on TV.

At any rate, it was stunningly beautiful.

Dangerous to drive in. Potentially dangerous to walk on.

But most festive to look at.

Here, see for yourselves:

EverGREEN bush covered in white

Yes, the grass needs to be raked!

Yes, the grass needs to be raked!

Arborvitae, which grows tall and cone-shaped and stays green all winter

Arborvitae, which grows tall and cone-shaped and stays green all winter

Poor chrysanthemum is wearing a new colored dress!

Poor chrysanthemum is wearing a new colored dress!

Even the ground cover got to share in the frost

Even the ground cover got to share in the frost

Dallas left these tracks in the yard

Dallas left these tracks in the yard


28 thoughts on “Frozen Fog

  1. Beautiful. We had an inversion around here last week that gave us fog (not freezing), clouds, and drizzle. It just means that the usual order of things (warm air near earth, colder air up above) gets inverted, and you have cold air near the earth and warmer air above it. If there’s moisture in the warm air, it freezes as it falls through the cold layer. That’s how we got our Christmas eve snow a few years ago, and how you got your winter wonderland!

    The photos are just beautiful. Thanks for getting out and preserving the beauty for us!

    • Thanks for explaining that so well, Linda. I’ve long been interested in weather, but of course, I never studied it formally (informally? definitely!) I suppose we in the Midwest pride ourselves on being more attuned to weather than those in parts of the country where the changes from day to day and season to season aren’t quite as pronounced (or wild!)

      Glad you enjoyed the photos. And it’s a good thing I captured them early, for the entire beauty had melted by noon!!

    • Barb, I hate to think how much a professional flocking would’ve cost, ha! So yes, letting Mother Nature handle the task made it easier — and much cheaper!

  2. Debbie, you’re so right….it’s STUNNINGLY beautiful! Isn’t nature amazing? It creates some of the most gorgeous art!

    Fabulous pictures!

    Have a super-duper Sunday, my friend!


    P.S. the picture of the chrysanthemum almost looks like sea coral!

    • Good call, Ron, about the chrysanthemum — it DOES look like coral! And now that all the frozen fog has melted away, it’s back to its customary dress (minus the flowers it sported back in the Fall, of course!)

      Glad you enjoyed my photos. Weather phenomena like freezing frost happen so rarely that one has to grab a camera and record them when they do, or you’ll miss them entirely.

      Have a fabulous week, my dear! xoxo

    • Aw, bless your heart, DD! If I could’ve wrapped up some of the cold temps that accompanied our freezing frost, I’d have sent them along to you!! On second thought, they’d have probably melted along the way, so perhaps you just need a trip north?!!

        • I know exactly what you mean. I’d miss it, too, in theory, but I gravitate more to warm and sunny! Safe travels, my friend, but I’m sure we’ll “talk” before then!

  3. Great pictures! I love fog – in fact I’ve just finished reading a book all about London fogs. I love the way it makes everything look vague and mutes all the sounds. Hate driving in it though…

    • You’ve had more than your share of rain lately, haven’t you? Seems as if I read that somewhere. Anyway, fog is okay as long as you don’t have to get out in it. It’s bad enough driving here when the weather is clear; add a spot of fog, snow, or rain, and they become beastly drivers, ha!

      • Loads of rain – we always do, but this year has been exceptional. Half the country’s flooded at the moment, though fortunately for me, not here – yet. Ha! Yes, it doesn’t take much to turn drivers into maniacs over here either…

  4. Very pretty! Funny how nature can be both so brutal and so beautiful at the same time. We had weather but it was bi-polar—within a span of an afternoon we had rain, sleet, snow, hail, fog, sun and finally a rainbow! We are up for rain and some thunderstorms later in the week. I cross my fingers that the temps drop low enough to save me from mud but if not that is what I have my trusty Hunter boots for.

    • I think rain and mud are just awful, especially because it’s sooo hard having a long-haired dog in inclement weather! Dallas doesn’t like his raincoat, and won’t even walk in his boots. I admire you for what you do, considering how many different coat-types you handle!

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