…well into the second 5 year mission!


Yesterday was a grey day here in the campground.  There was not a hint of blue in the sky, the temperature was in the high 20’s and, surprisingly for New Mexico, it felt damp and raw.  So, of course, Jim and I went hiking.

Actually, we went west into the Gila National Forest, looking for hiking and snow or ice photo ops.  Well, surprise…  As we drove west toward the Gila Mountains, we began seeing hints of blue near the horizon, behind the peaks.  As we got closer, we began to see trees with a dusting of white.  It didn’t look like snow, though.

1 Gila frost 2015-01-02_0

2 Gila frost 2015-01-02_1

3 Gila frost 2015-01-02_2

4 Gila frost 2015-01-02_7

It wasn’t snow.  Clouds had come through the pass, spilled down onto the trees, and the sub-freezing vegetation encouraged the moisture to form tiny feathers of ice on every surface.

5 Gila frost 2015-01-02_18

Finally, the sun hit the feathers, creating a magical few minutes.

6 Gila frost 2015-01-02_23

7 Gila frost 2015-01-02_15

8 Gila frost 2015-01-02_24

Shortly, the temperature had climbed above freezing and those feathers turned into droplets.  Pretty, but it couldn’t compare with what we had been seeing.  A few minutes earlier, and there would have been no sun on the crystals.  A few minutes later, and the crystals would have been gone.  Serendipity.


5 responses

  1. Andrea

    Amazing synchronicity and too lovely for words!


    January 4, 2016 at 1:58 am

  2. How lovely, Ken! The photos have an infrared look, only with color to make them all the more interesting. Numbers four and five are my favorites! ;->

    Virtual hugs,



    January 4, 2016 at 5:38 pm

  3. Joan

    What an amazing phenomenon; serendipity indeed for being there at the right moments in time and capturing the beauty so skillfully!


    January 5, 2016 at 1:18 am

    • Ed

      Wonderful piece of serendipity and quick action to take advantage of it! I love numbers 4 and 5. Wonderful photography.


      January 12, 2016 at 1:39 am

  4. Ed & Carol Daniels

    What you saw is called freezing (frozen) fog.


    February 20, 2016 at 3:27 am

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