The weather has been cold and clear lately, – perfect for the growing of ice crystals. The pictures below are a small part of the result of two ten minute photo safaris in our garden area, – one yesterday, and one today. Choosing which pictures to show out of the two hundred or so, took much longer than shooting them.
The crystals have grown quite big, – they are almost like small plants with leaf rosettes, and they are everywhere on grassy areas.
On the tree stump, a bit higher off the ground, they are not quite so big.
The small heather plants are nearly covered by ice crystal “plants”.
They tend to “grow” in clumps.
As happened with the star crystals last week, I am reluctant to step on any of these wonders.
But it is impossible to move without doing so.
When stepping on to the grass, you can hear a faint sound, as if millions of miniature glasses fall and break.
… or like you are wading through heaps of tiny, tiny glass shards.
Below are some more photos, – I couldn’t stop myself … 😉
On some of the photos I have tweaked the contrast quite a bit to better show off the fabulous patterns.
The last photo below, I also turned to gray scale. Some of the crystals are very, very thin and transparent.
I hope all of you in the northern hemisphere are enjoying the winter time.