the rime or not the rime
this is the essential riddle
tiny ice crystals frozen in time
playing muse to weather’s fiddle
on this foggy winter day
ephemeral beauty on display
wind, cold, and fog at play
highlighting a wintery bouquet
My friend Kristin Jones shared a collection of beautiful photos from yesterdays foggy, cold weather. Besides these images being beautiful, I learned something new about weather and ice formations. I had always heard the term hoarfrost to describe these tiny ice formations but learned there are several types according to Kristin and this summit post on frost.
Rime is the buildup of ice (in the form of small white crystals) when fog freezes upon contact with a cold surface.
Hoarfrost is the buildup of ice (in the form of crystals, often delicate and feather-shaped) when water vapor in the air condenses as ice on a surface. In short, the main difference between rime and hoarfrost is that rime is the result of freezing fog, Hoarfrost forms in the absence of fog. I wish I had the chance to explore yesterday, but am grateful to have seen Kristin’s beautiful collection of nature at play on this cold foggy day.
May your week be full of beautiful surprises!