About The River

Friday, February 5, 2016

Pondering Thoughts

Hoar Frost
 Happy Weekend 
The following photos are of hoar frost. 
We woke up to an amazing sight one December morning. My husband told me it was hoar frost. I had never heard of it before. Below is what Wikipedia has to say about it.

Hoar frost (also hoarfrost, radiation frost, or pruina) refers to white ice crystals, deposited on the ground or loosely attached to exposed objects such as wires or leaves.[4] They form 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 wind or warm objects. Under suitable circumstances, objects cool to below the frost point[5] of the surrounding air, well below the freezing point of water. Such freezing may be promoted by effects such as flood frost or frost pocket.[6] These occur when ground-level radiation losses cool air till it flows downhill and accumulates in pockets of very cold air in valleys and hollows. Hoar frost may freeze in such low-lying cold air even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing.
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.

My mom shared with me some rural wisdom. 
I think a few of these will make you smile.

Look outside on a clear night and watch the stars. It'll give you a new appreciation of how small each of us is in the vast universe.

Fellow told me that being old was mostly not a bad thing. He said it was a lot better than being dead. But he added that as he'd never been dead he couldn't speak with much authority.

You've got to have some things that are tough to do so you can appreciate those that are easy. 

Amazing beauty

When you start wondering what old means, think of a tree. For oaks and pine trees, 15 years is just middle age.

Sometimes the biggest problem in learning something new is getting rid of an old idea that stands in the way. No matter how wrong the old idea may be, we still want to hold onto it for dear life. Maybe it is because we naturally fear something new.
Simple Beauty

Life is like a river. There are twists and turns, quiet spots and rapids, deep pools and shallow flats. But a river is always moving. Always the same but always different. Just like people.

Wishing you all a great weekend. I will be taking the week off to work on some projects.
I will be back soon!


  1. I enjoyed the hoar frost shots, Carla. And laughed at the old vs. dead. LOL Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. I had heard of hoar frost in reading, but i have never seen it! I really like those sayings. Especially the one about doing something hard, so you know what is easy. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

  3. I had never hear of hoar frost either. Love those wisdom quotes.
    Have a great day Carla.

  4. I've never heard of hoar frost either. It's pretty and unusual looking. I like your Mom's words of wisdom. I sure miss hearing my mom speak of things like that.

  5. I've never seen it nor heard of it, but for something that sounds so horrible, it is absolutely beautiful!! I don't think I would touch it...looks prickly...LOL Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs!

  6. Well, I love all the quotes, but the river one really speaks to me...and I suppose you, as well!

  7. It is so beautiful. Hugs,

  8. Carla,
    Your photo's are beautiful! I had never hear of or seen a Hoar frost until living here. I never took the time to research it, so I enjoyed learning more about it today.
    Some day I hope to get some pictures to, but it seems that it always happens here on days I have to go to the office.

  9. Such a great post, Carla. I had hear of a hoar frost but never knew what it meant. Your really write so beautifully. The pictures are stunning.:)


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  11. I loved the quotes you shared from your mother! Great wisdom shared for sure! And we get that kind of frost here, but usually they call it frozen fog or rime ice. I wonder if it is the same thing? It is just beautiful though!

    Enjoyed your post today, and hope you have fun working on your project :)

  12. Hi Carla,
    I'm just getting a chance to play catch up on my blog reading...
    Loved reading this post...I have seen and heard of hoarfrost...where I am from in Canada we used to see it quite a bit.
    Your photos are so beautiful and I loved reading your moms wisdom!
    Enjoy your week off! Hugs, Kimberley

  13. I enjoyed the rural wisdom, Carla. My grandmother used to come up with these and I miss her so.

  14. Lovely photo's and interesting to read those facts
    Enjoy your week off

    All the best Jan

  15. Your photographs are a stunning, I love seeing these pictures and learning the history behind the hoarfrost. I had never heard of it before and coming from NH, you think I would have! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  16. Fabulous shots of the hoar frost.

  17. Carla, where we live hoar frost is very common, especially along the river. It's so beautiful. So magical. I love the rural wisdom. Great way to start the day. :) xo

  18. Frost that looks like ice crystals, how interesting. I've never heard of hoar frost before. Your thoughts today did make me smile, Carla. Our mothers are wise, indeed. They know how to lighten our days when we need it. The saying "When you start wondering what old means" got to me because I love the trees. :)

    A happy week to you, Carla.


  19. I was just looking at your Instragram slideshow and saw those conversation valentine hearts. We had JUST been talking about those, how the yellow ones and the white ones are my favorite, the purple ones aren't bad, and both my daughter and I don't like the green ones - so I save those for last, until I'm desperate for candy. LOL Anyway, I do not dare buy them anymore because just like Mike'n'Ike, they put me in a sugar coma in about a half hour. BUT I LOVE THEM!!!! Happy Valentines Weekend to your family. xo


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