Juniper Jewels

There were heavy rains the day before yesterday and heavy winds yesterday, with the result that there was plenty of moisture in the air last night.  The temperature dropped to below freezing before sunrise and the wind stopped.  All of this added up to perfect conditions for a light and subtle frost at sunrise.  Our neighbors have a row of juniper bushes, and I saw the first, low rays of sunlight refracting through them, transforming the tiny crystals into miniature beacons of brilliance.  Love it when this happens!

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8 Responses to Juniper Jewels

  1. Sigh. Nature can really pull you in. Beautiful.

    • krikitarts says:

      I’m quite sure this is the first sigh that anyone has ever sent me in response to a post. Thank you so much–that really means a lot to me! And it is a wonderful feeling to find ourselves so pulled in. I don’t understand how so many folks can just walk or drive by such natural wonders and not even slow down to take a closer look. It’s sure a good thing we’re who we are!

  2. Beautiful shot – frost makes everything so magical. We had freezing rain yesterday and some snow during the night, and I wanted so much to stop and take pictures on the way to work today because the trees looked amazing. However, the shoulder of the highway was so icy I was afraid to pull over. I might have kept going into the ditch!! Oh well, another time. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      You are probably quite wise not to have stopped, Cindy. I can clearly remember, as if it were yesterday–and this was probably 20 years ago, having to drive a short distance on black ice dusted with snow powder in Minneapolis, and it was like one of those dreams in which everything is in slow motion and nothing you can do has any effect on it. It’s very, very scary. Do they still make snow chains? Anyway, thanks for the compliment! It’s been a long time since we had a good freezing rain. Like many things, it’s a hazard for some and a gift for others. At least you can appreciate the beauty–even if only in passing–better than most!

  3. MikeP says:

    Gary… my favorite line “min beacons of brilliance”…love it.

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