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A light Hoar frost this morning in Penistone

A light Hoar frost this morning in Penistone

An early start this morning with a trip down to London planned for work; at least that was the plan! So up at 5am and into the car, and then everything went downhill. I reversed off the drive and attempted the drive up the road. However, the sheet black ice made that an impossibility as the car slowly made it’s way backwards down the hill. I eventually gave up and abandoned the car half up the kerb and went back inside. Although there was a bit of a Hoar frost this morning it was nothing like the one a few years ago.

Trip to London cancelled, or at least postponed for another week and the day spent working from home. Although there is a still snow on the ground from the weekend I’d not had time to go out with the camera so here are some images I took a few years ago when we had a fabulous Hoar frost, and yes it was even colder than it was today with temperatures dropping below minus 10 degrees centigrade.

Hoar Frost

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The term ‘Hoar frost’ refers to white ice crystals, deposited on the ground or loosely attached to exposed objects such as wires or leaves. It forms on cold, clear nights when conditions are such that heat radiates out to the open sky faster than it can be replaced from nearby sources such as from wind currents or warmer objects.

Under these conditions, objects cool to below the frost point of the surrounding air and the characteristic frost develops.

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The name Hoar comes from an Old English adjective that means “showing signs of old age”; in this context it refers to the frost that makes trees and bushes look like white hair.

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The air was very still on this day (16th Jan 2013), so although it was cold it didn’t feel too much of a shock being outside. The light was fabulous with the sun almost breaking through the clouds. These images are all taken in the woods at Fenay Bridge; a short walk from my old office. In those days I didn’t have the same choice of cameras and lens I have today, so all of these were taken on a Canon 7d mk.1 with a standard EFS 15-85mm kit lens.

I probably shouldn’t be hoping for more weather like this, but it’s so good to photograph I have to confess, I AM!

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A light Hoar frost this morning in Penistone

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