Crystal stars

Crystalline stars from a chilly morning a few weeks back:

The winter season in my area has cycled between very cold and unseasonably warm, as it is at the moment. Far from spring still, but I expect it won’t be long until the snowdrops bloom, if it stays this mild.


Filigree ice

Lacy patterns in ice I found near a stream:

Snowflakes on ice

A light snowfall on dark stream ice:

It’s a little chaotic, and some of the snowflakes aren’t intact, but I liked the combination of the snowflakes with the curving flow patterns underneath the ice.

One cold morning…

A little gallery of a few things I saw one cold morning by a frozen stream:


A large, frozen drop hanging from a branch in the woods after a recent icy rain:

Ice Crystal

A single ice crystal, found on snow beside a stream:

These fern-like crystals are the hardest to find – they only appear after a really cold night, when the temperatures are near zero.

Twelve from 2017

Here’s a selection of images from 2017:

I did a quick selection, based on memory and a review of posts in 2017. In past years, I’ve limited the list to photographs I’ve posted, but this time I added three you haven’t seen: a panoramic image of Toro ravine, a vertical image of an eyelash viper, and an image I took this morning of crystals on a twig frozen in a stream.


Ice crystals that clustered around pine needles on a stream surface:

You only see crystals like this when it’s really cold – it was around 4° F. Brr!

Fresh snow

Newly fallen snow in a bark curl of a paperbark maple:

Drops on milkweed II

Another look at drops on milkweed fibers: