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Appreciating what we had. Day 16 – 365 Photo Calendar Project January 16, 2014

Today, with the chinook warm winds, that arrived on Tuesday we have been having unusual highs for Mid January.  The average is usually -20C, but since Tuesday, it`s been averaging 8C and is even expected to hit 13C on Saturday, and into next week, still high above normal.  Each night, the temperature drops just below 0 to around -3C, just enough time to freeze the melted snow.  And Boy did we have snow!!  Our stockpiles, were so high, that there really wasn`t anymore places to put the shoveled snow, if it snowed again.   The snow was piled as high, on a tree, where the branches started coming off the trunk.  We are experiencing a huge melt down of our record amounts of snowfall that has occurred, with the risk of flooding, even to have a chinook last this long, is very unusual!   Everyone seems quite chipper, the warmer weather has been very welcomed…minus the chinook headaches, that some get due to the pressure.   Helping with a sick friend`s dog today, I slipped on some ice, and my back is very strained, 95%…down my left side, and on the verge of being pulled right out.  I didn`t dare exercise today…and I didn`t get to taking a photo.  I did though take this one, just 8 days ago, when we had a beautiful hoar frost that lined all the trees, turning it into a snowy winter wonderland.    It sometimes takes warm winter day or a sore back, to realize, you have a good back, that you take advantage off!

Day 16 Hoar Frost Christina Parker Photography

 

Day 16 – Hoar Frost

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What is Hoar frost? December 6, 2012

On the 2nd day of December…mother nature sent to me, “a hoarfrost and snowy evergreen trees”

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Welcome to the land of the Great White North, also known as Canada! It really doesn’t snow all year long, and we don’t live in igloos! Only since, living in Calgary, Alberta, which is about 1 hour drive from the famous town of Banff which is nestled in the mountains, have I discover experiencing a hoar frost. Taken from Wikipedia, the definition is “refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat losses into the open skies cause objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water.”

It really feels like you have just landed in Narnia! A hoar frost is stunning beautiful, every tree and bush is lined with ice crystals! It usually doesn’t last for too many days, and if you are really lucky you get a dump of snow, that then sticks to the landscape, making it even more breath taking.

On Sunday, I was determined to go out for a walk, to take a picture, as I already missed last weeks opportunity, and was so thrilled that a hoar frost had returned! I dressed up in my layers, as it was -10 Celcius (without the wind chill) and took this landscape just a block around from my home. Brrr…time to warm up, get the crackling fire roaring, and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate. Christina