Snow is more interesting than rain

27 Dec

I suppose that it’s a good thing I like snow, living at the elevation I do.   Here are some photos I captured on a Christmas Morning snowshoe hike.

Ice on log over creek (click for larger)

Ice crystals growing in a hole in the snow over a stream

Large coarse snow crystals sparkling in the morning sun

When I was a kid, there was a weed that had spiral seeds that we called minute winders.  The seeds were sensitive to heat or moisture.  When you held the base the top would start slowing winding.  This was the seed’s way of propogating, twisting and tangling itself in an animal’s fur.  The seeds in the photo below resemble those minute winders, but these are on a bush and aren’t as sensitive to heat or moisture.

Spiral seeds


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  1. Jason

    December 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Snow is so beautiful!

    • randyg

      January 7, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Most people take snow for granted because they hate it. But I think it’s very interesting.

  2. Rob

    December 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Lovely photographs, as always. Simply striking. I swear, despite the time of year, it feels like March up here. Our recent snowshoe was just…okay.

    • randyg

      January 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

      It’s been a pretty mild winter here. (touches wood)

  3. Just Jane

    December 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Gorgeous as always! I love love love the second one! The crystals look so feathery and soft…kinda like bunny fur.

    • randyg

      January 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Snow crystals are so quieting.