Last of the Season Hoar Frost

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A couple weeks ago, an early morning call came in from a colleague instructing me to get in my car immediately and drive to Collins Park on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Go now!” she insisted. Since calls like this aren’t commonplace for me, I decided to do as I was directed and was rewarded with the scenes below.

This is hoar frost. I love hoar frost. You see it a few times during a typical West Michigan winter; more during the years the arctic air settles in the region. Conditions have to be just right for it to form – extreme cold being one – and the closer we move toward spring, the less likely we are to see bitter temperatures in West Michigan. It had been a cold and foggy night, but nothing typical of the conditions where you would expect hoar frost. And yet, there it was. Coating everything in sight and sparkling in the sun. I’m so glad I followed my colleague’s instructions and took a few minutes out of my morning to enjoy what was my first – and likely last – hoar frost of the season.

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