Hoar Frost


IMG_2284It has been very cold this last week; and we have had lot of freezing fog, so that everything has had heavy frost on it. But I haven’t seen anything until we took a drive yesterday to Silverton, Oregon, a nearby town, where the frost was so heavy that it looked like snow.

IMG_2275I have never seen anything like this. The trees and grass were covered with tufts of frost that was so thick it looked like a layer of snow.

IMG_2267I found out there is a special term for this kind of frost. It is called hoar frost or radiation frost, and it occurs when the air is very moist and passes over ground that is much colder.

IMG_2282We drove around Silverton yesterday looking at this amazing hoar frost and taking pictures. Take a look at the pictures they are truly incredible.

The heavy frost was everywhere:

IMG_2271On Trees.  I got this wonderful photo of the frost on a Weeping Willow.

IMG_2276And this one of puffed up Robins in a Frost covered Tree.

IMG_2273Small Trees in people’s yards.

IMG_2277And Frost covered Shrubs.

IMG_2280Some yards had very heavy frost on the grass, while other yards had tufts of the Hoar Frost, like this.

IMG_2268The City Park had an eerie look.

IMG_2270All the while, the Freezing Fog hung over the hills and trees, coating everything with white.

IMG_2272And over the neighborhoods.  It was so interesting to see heavily frosted trees while some of the grass had little frost on it.  Of course, the heaviest frost was in the higher elevations of this fairly hilly town.

We stopped for a latte in town.  Walking around we noticed that there was white flakes falling.  It was not Snow, but precipitating frozen Fog.  Truly wonderful.

IMG_2274We drove around a little more on the streets of Silverton to see the wonderful vistas that this Hoar Frost had made.


Through some of the streets and roads around town.

IMG_2281Before we headed home.

In all, it was an amazing drive.  Fortunately, the roads were not slick, so we were able to drive safely.  Today, warmer weather and the rains are returning to our Pacific Northwest home, so the frost is gone.  I am glad we got to see it while we could.




27 Replies to “Hoar Frost”

    1. Hi Leslie,

      Thanks for coming by. This truly was a lovely sight. I really loved it. Today, we are back to rain. Such is the Pacific Northwest.



    1. Hi Cyndi,

      Thanks and thanks for stopping by. It really was amazing to see. Has warmed up now so it is all gone. I’m glad I got to see this.



  1. I love hoar frost!

    Thank you for linking in this week again..I am always so happy to see my friends letting their gardens and hard work shine!
    I hope you will link in again soon!
    Your post today has been shared on the Tootsie Time Facebook page.

    hugs from Alberta Canada!
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    (¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`•.


    1. Glenda,

      Thanks for coming by and thanks for posting this to your Facebook page. It is so great to find gardening things to share in the depths of winter.



    1. Pepe,

      Thanks and thanks for coming by. It does indeed look like a fairy tale world. It really was an incredible sight.



  2. Wow, these photos really are amazing! It seems weird to see it with such green grass. It really looks magical. We got 18″ of snow here today. I could hardly believe it. Haven’t had that in decades. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


    1. Jann,

      Thanks for coming by. 18″ snow – WOW. The only time I ever saw 18″ snow was when I was about 8 years old and the previous day had had 70 degree temps.



    1. Hi Sheryl,

      Thanks and thanks for coming by. I love having a camera and shooting pictures of all kinds of things. I have three, including this IPhone.



  3. Absolutely captivating photography and so interesting, who knew it could precipitate frozen fog. I’m guessing heated houses keep it from forming on rooftops. Stunningly gorgeous. Just hope it didn’t’ ruin any crops.


  4. Beautiful but I hope the trees made it through. We often find the weight of the heavy snow breaks the branches.

    Missed you at Wordless Wednesday Bloggers (www.wordlesswednesdaybloggers.blogspot.com). Hope you’ll join us!


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