Montana Outdoors

January 1, 2012

Frost

Filed under: Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 12:11 pm

Frost

In preparation for the new ferns of the coming spring, Mother Nature has the prototypes on Her drawing board.

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  1. So elegant–I love the ferns. Happy New Year!

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    Comment by Ellen Grace Olinger — January 1, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

  2. Awesome.

    Tim

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    Comment by timkeen40 — January 1, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

  3. That is the ferniest looking frost that I have ever seen! How cold it it have to be to produce it?

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    Comment by sandy — January 1, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    • It was 22° during the night. We have had many colder nights, but they had very low humidity and no frost to speak of: last night the humidity was a little higher.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:26 am

  4. Amazing. Cool abstract, too!

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — January 1, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

  5. More proof that Mother Nature creates her own art. 🙂

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    Comment by Barbara — January 1, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    • She certainly does, Barbara, visible only to those who love it.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:27 am

  6. Mother Nature is such a talented artist 😉
    Captured beautifully!

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    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 1, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  7. Winter’s art…..

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    Comment by Maureen — January 1, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    • Frost on window glass is one of my favorite childhood memories.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:28 am

  8. This is too cool. Sometimes frost can be so difficult to capture…but this is a terrific photo and post!!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!! All the best for 2012 and beyond!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — January 1, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

  9. That’s a beautiful prototype.

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    Comment by Candace — January 1, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    • It is. I love the similarities of patterns in different objects in nature.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:34 am

  10. So very pretty!

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    Comment by Roberta — January 1, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

  11. It looks like etched glass … please tell me how you got that shot.

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    Comment by bearyweather — January 1, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    • At the risk of having you laugh at me, here’s how: it was one of several interesting patches of frost on the side window of my Jeep this morning just after daylight. The light from the horizon was behind the window so it backlit the frost and I shot it using a 60mm macro lens. 1/50th of a second, f4.5, and ISO400 gave me just enough light. The auto focus would not concentrate on the frost, so I used manual focus. I’m not pleased with the background, but I do like the frost image. Strictly a shot of opportunity!

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:45 am

      • I have a Jeep – I’ll have to watch it very carefully from now on to see if there are any patches of frost on it in the morning!

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        Comment by Margie — January 3, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  12. Excellent! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — January 1, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

  13. I would love to have this image etched in glass to hang in my bathroom window. A marvelous winter image.

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    Comment by anniespickns — January 1, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

    • I agree that frost patterns like this, etched on glass, would be very nice! Wish I knew how to do it!

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:47 am

  14. Wow, looks like a fern in winter doesn’t it? A fantastic display that only you seem to be able to photograph!

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    Comment by WildBill — January 1, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    • Yes, it sure does remind me of a fern pattern. While I’m not a very big fan of technology, I’m grateful for the capability of the DSLR cameras and the lenses that let us capture things like this. I think therein are messages from nature to us.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:54 am

  15. You are so right—it looks like an etching of a fern. Beautiful!

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    Comment by kateri — January 1, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

    • I find it fascinating to see such a pattern in frost and know that a similar patter will be in a green leaf in another 4 months or so.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 1:55 am

  16. Puzzlement, here. At first I thought the photo was of frost alone, such as that you’d find on glass. Now, I’m undecided. I think it might be frost on an actual fern. The very fact that I’ve spent five minutes or more sitting here going from this page to Flickr and back is a testament to what a marvelous – and mysterious – image you’ve captured!

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    Comment by shoreacres — January 1, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

    • Frost on glass it is. Nature’s whimsical signature on a very mundane object. I love how the camera allows us to focus selectively on an object of beauty while obscuring all else around it. To the extent that we can do a similar thing with our minds, we are blessed.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 2:01 am

      • Speaking of focusing the mind, I read an article in the New York Times yesterday entitled “The Joy of Quiet.” A couple of disturbing statements from it: “The average office worker today, researchers have found, enjoys no more than three minutes at a time at his or her desk without interruption.” “The average American teenager sends or receives 75 text messages a day….”

        You can read the full article at:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/01/opinion/sunday/the-joy-of-quiet.html?pagewanted=all

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        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 2, 2012 @ 11:03 am

        • Those are indeed disturbing statements. I have been retired for several years now and so I have a little more control over my thoughts, but when I was in the working world I always made sure that there was adequate time in my workday to have a period of time I called my optional time during which I did things associated with the company, but on projects or ideas that were at my option, not required.

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          Comment by montucky — January 3, 2012 @ 12:12 am

  17. Wow, what detail! And a wonderful thought about Mother Nature’s plans for spring.

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — January 2, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    • While I realize that nature’s plans for the ferns of spring are contained in the plant’s DNA, I have to wonder if this image in not nature’s way of giving us a glimpse of what is to come.

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 2:05 am

  18. Great thoughts. I have captured macro’s of ice on branches that look exactly like fingerprint patterns. The images left me unable to put the beauty in to words as you did hear. Thanks. Wishing you a year that fulfills mother natures plan.

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    Comment by Grampy — January 2, 2012 @ 1:04 am

    • Thanks Grampy! The patterns of ice and frost are wonderful to see, and macro lenses do us a great service in letting us see them clearly. I could spend a lifetime capturing ice images! Thanks for visiting and I wish you the very best for 2012!

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      Comment by montucky — January 2, 2012 @ 2:11 am

  19. That is beautiful! Is it on glass? Amazing how nature replicates shapes over and over.

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    Comment by Tammy — January 2, 2012 @ 10:52 am

  20. Congratulations on a great photo abstraction from nature. With a change in scale, the patterns of the branches remind me of those of rivers seen from an airplane.

    Steve Schwartzman
    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — January 2, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    • Thanks Steve. Yes, very much the patterns of water flow and the canyons that have been formed by it. Quite a successful pattern to be used in so many ways.

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      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2012 @ 12:15 am

  21. Running out of superlatives here. Exquisite!

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    Comment by Kim — January 2, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

  22. That’s a beautiful photo, Dad!!

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    Comment by Juls — January 2, 2012 @ 4:57 pm

    • Thanks Hon! We haven’t had a lot of frost patterns like that this winter; maybe later.

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      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  23. Hi Montucky, Really beautiful photograph! You are excellent at the craft of photography! By the way, it just started snowing here where I live and was very cold all day. Have a super great Tuesday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 2, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher. If it’s snowing there it’s probably colder than here at the moment. You snow doesn’t seem to last very long though. Your Robins know what they’re doing! We are unseasonable warm now because the cold masses of air have stayed far north of us so far instead of swooping down here periodically to visit. Well, at least two more months of opportunity remain this winter.

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      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2012 @ 12:20 am

  24. I hope some of those fern spores make it to MO! Stunning photo!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — January 2, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

    • Perhaps I can remember to compare the frost pattern to some of the fern patterns next summer. In the little canyon just west of our house there are some nice areas full of ferns every year.

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      Comment by montucky — January 3, 2012 @ 12:22 am

  25. Hello, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! Check my page for nomination.

    Versatile Blogger Award

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    Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2012 @ 12:38 am

  26. Beautiful shot – maybe I’ll take a minute to admire before scraping stuff like that off my windshield next time. 🙂

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    Comment by Mike — January 3, 2012 @ 1:20 am

    • Sometimes there are patterns, others just solid frost. Sure can be pretty though!

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      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2012 @ 11:27 pm

  27. I gasped when I opened this. How absolutely exquisite!! Mother nature (and you) at her absolute best!

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    Comment by Marcie — January 3, 2012 @ 6:36 am

    • Nature’s scenes and pretty little gifts like this can really make our lives pleasant, can’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  28. Wow – fantastic shot!!!

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    Comment by Nick the Editor — January 4, 2012 @ 7:12 am

  29. There’s a lot to see in frost.

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    Comment by knightofswords — January 5, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    • It has held a fascination for me ever since I was a child. It can re-spark one’s imagination.

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      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2012 @ 11:32 pm

  30. This is just stunning! It could be hanging in an art gallery! Great post!

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    Comment by Judy — January 5, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

  31. Delicate, graceful with a touch of elegance all done by mother nature!

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    Comment by Evangeline — January 5, 2012 @ 10:44 pm

  32. Montucky, this is so beautiful! Love Mother Nature art. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna — January 6, 2012 @ 9:58 am

  33. gorgeous! she does some good work! (so do you on the photos!!)

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    Comment by silken — January 6, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

  34. Fantastic image! What a fine way to start the new year 🙂

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 6, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  35. Beautiful. Happy New year! 🙂

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    Comment by Val — January 7, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

  36. Hope all is well, Montucky, (Terry) heheheee – you’re probably busy hiking in the wild blue yonder… can’t wait to see more shots of what you find! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — January 7, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    • Hiking has gotten off to a slow start this year Tricia. Should pick up if winter ever gets here.

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      Comment by montucky — January 8, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

  37. wild blue yonder, meaning big (blue) sky country =)

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    Comment by Tricia — January 7, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

  38. As I looked at this, I was listening to a nocturne by Scriabin. The reason I mention this is because Scriabin’s work is complex and the combination of his music with this image was transfixing. I like your processing, too.

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    Comment by burstmode — January 10, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    • That reminds me of another project I haven’t gotten around to; putting the right music to a few slide shows. The possibilities are endless but the spare time isn’t there.

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      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  39. yes, they do seem related to ferns…. most likely kin and only you picked up on this.
    also it looks like a dancing winter fairy to me…..

    took a peak at all the recent posts i have missed, they are gorgeous!

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    Comment by Tammie — January 10, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

    • Thanks Tammie. Frost patterns have their own magical world.

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      Comment by montucky — January 12, 2012 @ 12:27 am

  40. I have always loved closeup pictures of frost, and this one is maybe the best I’ve seen.

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    Comment by Ratty — January 11, 2012 @ 1:17 am

  41. Exquisite and so well captured ! Happy New Year and many thanks for all Nature’s beauty you share with us.

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 12, 2012 @ 11:00 am

    • Thanks Isa! I hope you have a great New Year in 2012!

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      Comment by montucky — January 12, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  42. Cool! Those were frozen! Mother Nature is really amazing!

    Camper trailers

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    Comment by jeanerachel — January 13, 2012 @ 11:12 am

  43. I love how nature repeats its patterns in many guises. Great photo!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — January 22, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  44. We don’t get frost on the windows here… and every time I see a photo like this… I wish we did. Just gorgeous!

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    Comment by Victoria — January 31, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    • We have had quite a bit of frost, but just a few mornings with nice frost patterns. I’d like a lot more to practice on!

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      Comment by montucky — February 1, 2012 @ 10:07 pm


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