Montana Outdoors

November 26, 2015

Frost fantasies

Filed under: Frost — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:51 pm

Frost fantasy 1

Frost fantasy 2


Frost fantasy 3

Frost fantasy 4

Frost fantasy 5

Frost fantasy 6

Frost fantasy 7

Frost fantasy 8

Frost fantasy 9

Frost fantasy 10

Frost fantasy 11

Frost fantasy 12

Frost fantasy 13

Frost fantasy 14

Frost fantasy 15

Frost fantasy 16


After a clear night and a low of 5º F there were some pretty frost subjects available this morning.

Happy thanksgiving everyone!


  1. If we tried forever we could never match the beauty and perfection of nature.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 26, 2015 @ 1:10 pm

  2. Exquisite beauty! Thank you for sharing this…


    Comment by Mother Hen — November 26, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

  3. Reblogged this on Words Like Honey and commented:
    I just have to share this beauty, with you all, on this Thanksgiving Day..Enjoy!


    Comment by Mother Hen — November 26, 2015 @ 1:21 pm

  4. Amazing photos. Very thankful for Mother Nature and your photography skills.


    Comment by Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread — November 26, 2015 @ 1:26 pm

    • Thank you Judy! Mother Nature certainly provides a plentiful supply of beauty!


      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2015 @ 1:56 pm

  5. Absolutely exquisite! Nature is the best artist! Happy Thanksgiving to you.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 26, 2015 @ 2:56 pm

    • Thank you Jo. One of the most amazing things is that most of these designs are never seen, yet there is no end to them.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

  6. Beautiful! I haven’t seen one like that last one.The hard part of getting photos of frost crystals is not breathing on them.
    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — November 26, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    • I remember melting crystals with my breath. The camera I’m now using though doesn’t have a view finder, so I can stay back and frame through the monitor. I hope you had a good day too!

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

  7. Exquisite. I don’t know which I like best, but the hexagonal ones I haven’t seen before.
    Looks like ‘Living Art”. I wish it got cold enough to see these here.
    The soft pale colours in the background make them even more beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing these, Terry.


    Comment by Vicki — November 26, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

    • I’m glad that you enjoyed them, Vicki! I probably could have taken a hundred more photos, but it was very cold. What the camera sees is amazing and seeing the results was a whole bunch of surprises.

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      Comment by montucky — November 26, 2015 @ 4:57 pm

  8. Amazing!


    Comment by centralohionature — November 26, 2015 @ 5:11 pm

  9. Beautiful art work! Happy Thanksgiving, Terry!


    Comment by Candace — November 26, 2015 @ 6:08 pm

  10. Great Pictures!


    Comment by ServiceS — November 27, 2015 @ 4:24 am

  11. As a photographer, I envy you your opportunities for frost fantasies. As someone who doesn’t do well in cold weather, I’m happy to let you have the 5°.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 27, 2015 @ 7:35 am

    • The cold presents a different array of challenges, but what the lens “sees” is interesting.


      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2015 @ 8:58 am

      • Are you aware of any instances in which the camera saw the frost differently from the way your eyes did?


        Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 27, 2015 @ 9:53 am

        • Not really. They were so small that I couldn’t see much more than the overall shapes without magnification, and there were low light conditions. I had to use fairly high ISO’s to let me use a reasonable fast shutter speed for hand held shots.


          Comment by montucky — November 27, 2015 @ 10:48 am

  12. Incredible! One can see how fractals also are evident in crystals–they look like leaves!


    Comment by Richard Schulte — November 27, 2015 @ 7:47 am

    • I find those fascinating too. I’m sure there are more rules in play there than I understand.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2015 @ 9:05 am

  13. Some of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen. The flower shaped prisms were especially neat. Hope you had a very pleasant turkey day!


    Comment by Sue — November 27, 2015 @ 9:51 am

  14. Stunning photos and beautiful thoughts in all of the comments. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all of the people reading this photo blog. Jessica


    Comment by jpostol — November 27, 2015 @ 9:52 am

  15. These are stunningly beautiful!

    We don’t often get to see natural ice here in Pretoria, but won’t you please share how you managed to take these terrific photographs?


    Comment by de Wets Wild — November 27, 2015 @ 8:32 pm

    • Thanks. You will laugh, but here’s how they were taken:

      The frost was on the passenger window of my Jeep and the sun was rising on the other side, providing the light background. The photos were taken, hand held, with a Nikon 1 J5, their new small mirrorless 20 megapixel digital camera, using a 10mm – 30mm lens and a 10mm extension tube to allow the lens to focus much closer to the subjects, and therefore accomplish the magnification. It was a very simple setup, which was handy because the temperature was 5º F when the photos were taken. I used the “aperture priority” mode with an aperture of f/10, spot metering and single point focus area. It was a fun first attempt and I’m sure I can do better the next time with a little more planning.

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      Comment by montucky — November 27, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

      • Well, I think you did brilliantly on your first attempt, can’t wait to see what you achieve with “a little more planning”!


        Comment by de Wets Wild — November 28, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

  16. Just beautiful … loved this post


    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — November 27, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

  17. Beautiful! Very nice! Wonderful subjects to photograph!


    Comment by Reed Andariese — November 28, 2015 @ 6:05 pm

  18. Hi Montucky, Hard to say which I like the best – all are lovely. Have a wonderful day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 28, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

  19. Such stunning beauty….very nice, Terry.


    Comment by seekraz — November 29, 2015 @ 8:02 am

  20. I’ve been away for a few days, and one of the great delights of coming home is finding treats like this. My, they are beautiful. The variety is part of the charm, of course, but the clarity and the way they pick up the light is just stunning. I’d never thought of the problems inherent in getting too close to ice crystals: specifically, melting them. I’m sure it would be frustrating, but it also strikes me as funny. Poof! and they’re gone. There’s a lesson there about the transience of things.


    Comment by shoreacres — November 29, 2015 @ 10:28 pm

    • Yes, the frost is transient and fragile, but oh so pretty. I remember from when I was a kid, the frost that would form on our kitchen window. I will try to make a modification to a tripod so I can use it to get better photos the next time I have a chance.


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2015 @ 11:18 pm

  21. Gorgeous! I love trying to capture frost patterns on the windows. So intricate and each one so different. I love this!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 30, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    • It’s fun to try for the various patterns, then even more fun to see what the lens actually captured.


      Comment by montucky — November 30, 2015 @ 9:41 am

  22. so beautiful and yes magical
    that last one is precious


    Comment by Tammie — November 30, 2015 @ 12:57 pm

  23. This seems to be (finally) the transition from fall to winter. It will be pretty!


    Comment by montucky — November 30, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

  24. Stunningly beautiful!! Like glittering jewels! When you see these the world suddenly seems like a very magical place again, full of hope. 😀


    Comment by Jane — December 1, 2015 @ 1:03 am

    • The world does hold a treasure of hidden beauty. These are all tiny and common, but hardly insignificant.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by montucky — December 1, 2015 @ 9:00 am

  25. Wow, these are gorgeous …. hard to imagine how nature can create such exquisite beauty in patterns such as these … love the pink and violet light coming through in some …


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 2, 2015 @ 9:23 am

    • It is indeed hard to imagine. And She does it with no fanfare or publicity!


      Comment by montucky — December 2, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

  26. Pure art!!! I think that these photos best ever seen showing presenting frost flowers.


    Comment by Sartenada — December 10, 2015 @ 3:00 am

  27. Absolutely beautiful!!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — December 11, 2015 @ 1:32 am

  28. So delicately beautiful!


    Comment by Sandy A. — February 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

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