Rime Ice

The trees, shrubs and fences were covered in a delicate white ice on Sunday morning.  I thought it was freezing rain, but after taking a closer look, I found that it was rime ice (Different than hoar frost. Thank you, Google).

Rime ice forms when liquid water droplets in the air freeze onto a surface, growing into combs, needles, or feathery forms.

It was very beautiful, but I am still very much looking forward to spring.  Sooner than later, please.

-34 Degrees + Lake Superior + Wind = Ice

Mike’s drive to work on Thursday morning was -34 degrees.  It may have warmed up a few degrees when I left 45 minutes later, but my car’s thermometer only goes as low as -22.  I didn’t know that until this year.  I guess Nissan doesn’t think it gets colder than that.  Well, it does.  It was brutally cold this week and the wind made it even more miserable.  School was canceled for three days.  That. Never. Happens. In. Minnesota.

It had warmed up to a balmy -15 by sunset on Thursday.  Mike and I stopped by a few places along the shore of Lake Superior to check out the ice.  Mike viewed it from the warmth of his Jeep.  I ventured out to take photos.  It was nice of him to keep the vehicle warm for me.

 

By Friday, temperatures were above zero.  That’s when I saw people ice fishing on the big lake near Canal Park.  I chose to take photos safely from shore.

Spring is just around the corner…right?

Super Blood Wolf Moon

With snow showers during the day, I didn’t give much thought to staying up late on a work night to take photos of the lunar eclipse. Just before getting ready for bed, I peeked out our front window and was surprised to see stars and the beginnings of the lunar eclipse.  I set up my tripod, put a long lens on my camera, bundled up and headed out the front door.  Lucky for me, I was able to set up my tripod on our steps and have a front row seat to the eclipse.  There were passing clouds that interfered with my photos, but I was able to get a handful of decent shots before heavier cloud cover rolled in at 11:00 p.m.

10:27 p.m.

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10:59 p.m.