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Pictures for Pam, Day 44: Frosted Acorn

Pictures for Pam, Day 44: Frosted Acorn
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It's the first day after Winter Solstice and it's already so much lighter out! Ok, not really. LOL, but it is very encouraging to know that the days are now getting longer. I shouldn't complain. After all, parts of Canada, Norway, Greenland, as well as the North and South poles, experience between several weeks and a couple of months where the sun doesn't come up at all! No thank you!

When I looked outside this morning, I knew it was going to be really cold. Twinkling back at me, I was excited to see that the meadow was gleaming white with frost! What a nice change. It has been uncharacteristically mild this winter, with few days of frost and not as much rain as normal either. However, today was going to be a "normal" December day.

When I headed out for my walk, the freezing cold bit into me instantly, yikes! I wasn't surprised to see it was a mere 26°F/-3.333°C degrees. In fact, no matter how fast I walked today, my extremities refused to do anything but get colder! That's really saying something because the walk up our driveway will really get your heart pumping if you don't dawdle. The grade (steepness) from the main road up to the base of our steep hill is about 15-20° degrees with a spot that's about 25° degrees. Plus, I'm out there for an hour and fifteen minutes of continuous hiking. That's cold!

Incidentally, I bet this question has crossed some of your minds: "If you live in such a pretty area, why do you confine yourself to walking up and down your driveway?" The fact is, I love to walk around our lovely 3 miles/4.8km "block" and I used to do this every day. The problem is that it's much more flat and thus, not as good for exercise. It's an obvious difference in terms of exertion and personally, if I'm going to exercise, I'd like to get the most bang for my buck!

After I got back inside today, I became one with our heater for the next 20 minutes until I was all fluffy and warm again. Then I got a hot cup of tea and fairly purred up to our "game room", where Steve and I have our computers. Later Steve went on his walk and returned to the house afterwards in utter amazement...he had on two sweaters, a scarf, a coat, a hat and thick gloves and he didn't take off a single thing during his whole hour!

In honor of today's ridiculously cold temperatures, I'm sharing a picture of a frosted white Oak acorn cap. I captured this image a few weeks ago when we had one of those perfect frosts with lovely crystals all over everything. (Today's frost was lovely but not quite as dramatic.) I've also included another frost picture, frost covering a barrel with a puncture in the side.

Pam, I wonder what the weather is like where you live. Do you get beautiful frosts? I hope that you're keeping warm and dry and getting lots of loving attention from friends and family. Happy holidays my dear! Here's to feeling better every day! :)

Explored on 12/23/18, highest placement, #1.

Marco Zerbini, AD AD, Jörg, Rosalyn Hilborne and 44 other people have particularly liked this photo

42 comments - The latest ones
Looking at the picture, I can feel the cold...Brrrrrrrrr
It is beautiful here in Melbourne. Sunny and 20 degrees . Perfect day,
Beautifully captured, Janet
Stunning image.
Impressive work.
22 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Well seen and well taken; a wonderful macro!
22 months ago.
 David G Johnson
David G Johnson club
''uncharacteristically'' - ''extremities'' - ''ridiculously''.. and more......Dang it !!......after reading yet another of your reports.. no matter how keenly I search for spllenig errers... I haven't fond a single one....
Dave.. UK.
22 months ago.
tiabunna club
Great macro image and PiPs, though that's seriously frosty, Janet. It's a perfect day here today, but we're looking at 36C/96F for a few days later this week.
22 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal macro and PIPs!

Admired in:
22 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh wow, what a fantastic photo. We don't often have frosts like this. I've been living here the last 20 years and I think I've only seen about ten days with frost like this!

The inset is just fabulous. I love hoar frost
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
22 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Now this is quite stunning but never going to come from here. Was just a very cool 39c .... All the very best for the festive season from down under.
22 months ago.
Stormlizard club
Well found Janet, it seema that 'Scrat' of ice age fame has taken the Acorn.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

22 months ago.
 Jadviga Grase
Jadviga Grase club
Great macro shot!
Merry Christmas !!!!
22 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... an absolutely breathtaking photograph !! ... and !!, again ...
22 months ago.
Chrissy club
wie kleine Zuckerkristalle
22 months ago.
Anji. club
Superbe !
22 months ago.
Gudrun club
This is absolutely gorgeous! You are so lucky to have frost, it's much more rewarding to come back inside and warm up with a hot drink! We are having rain and plus-degrees:-(

Happy holiday time, Janet!
22 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Very COOL shot Janet.

Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2019.
22 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
great one, Janet!
22 months ago.
Boro club
EXCELLENTE ***************
22 months ago.
uwschu club
Sehr schöne Kristalle an der Eichelschale.
Manchmal mache ich mir den Spaß und stecke etwas anderes hinein :-))
22 months ago.
 Christine Schiller
Christine Schiller club
EXCELLENT *** Bravo Janet !
22 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
it is very, very nice. May the timeless message of Christmas fill your heart and home with joy.
22 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une merveille ces petits cristaux, quelle délicatesse... une macro de si belle qualité, bravo !+++
Belles Fêtes de fin d'Année mon amie à partager avec tous ceux que tu aimes.
22 months ago. Edited 22 months ago.
Zulma club
WOW, the frosted images, WOW WOW WOW +++++ and then more++++. It isn't just impressive, it is more than that. You did it Janet, you found it, you saw it. Why is it so mesmerizing, why is it that the mind runs amok when it is such a simple everyday item in winter, why do I love this so much my dear pod sister. A huge hug to you.
22 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
le givre fait des merveilles !!
22 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful image, superb dof.
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, frost is just magical, Janet !!! A marvelous macro !! Wish you a happy Sunday !!!!!!!
22 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
22 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a beautiful photo Janet, the frost is so very pretty.
Have a wonderful Christmas my friend.
22 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Terrific macro Janet, beautifully sharp. Have a great Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.
22 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe composition avec notes. Joyeux Noel. Nicole.
22 months ago.
 Noisette du 11
Noisette du 11 club
La nature c'est la plus grande des artistes... Que c'est joli, ces minutieuses particules, l'eau devenue flocon de neige... Superbe macro, Janet !
22 months ago.
gezginruh club
Great macro, Janet!
Whis you a very Merry Christmas!

Best greetings
22 months ago.
cammino club
A stunning close-up!
22 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Fine detail great captured, Janet !
22 months ago.
niraK68 club
fantastic frosty macros Janet
22 months ago.
Thérèse club
Très beau !
22 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
First of all, I'ld like to say I am very impressed by the precision of your thermometer -3.333 °C - that's what I call exact ;-)))
Then, I would like to thank you sincerely for your seasonal greetings. In connection with your text "warm" gets a very distinctive meaning ;-)
And finally let me say what all of you are waiting for for hours: Great capture!
22 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Amazing and beautiful series of macro images Janet,
Thank you for the holiday wishes,

Happy and enjoyable Christmas to You and Yours.
22 months ago.
 Misou 49
Misou 49 club
Splendide !
22 months ago.
 Sylvie Coeffic
Sylvie Coeffic club
Superbe ! :-)
22 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Wunderschön hat der Frost von den Eichelkappen und den Blättern der Eichel Besitz ergriffen, Janet.
Wünsche Dir frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr
22 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Beautifully bejeweled.
22 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
The perfect ephemeral jewel !******
22 months ago.

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