Magical Morning

We woke up this morning to find everything outside blanketed in a beautiful, heavy frost. At first glance it almost looked like a light dusting of snow. When I grabbed the camera and went outside, I could see why. The frost had formed big crystals, as big as any I have ever seen.

I didn’t have to travel far to see what the frost had done for the landscape. Even everyday, ho-hum objects were transformed by the ice crystals, like this hose sprayer on the deck.

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The hose end of the sprayer was almost other-worldly.

Just around the corner in the herb garden, the leaves of the sage plant were nearly covered.

sage leaf

Over in the butterfly garden, the catmint was a ghostly shade of white.


The sedum that was much loved by the butterflies when blooming this autumn was now dried and brown under the frost. The water in the bird bath was iced over.

The dried tithonia blossoms were nodding as if asleep, their heads covered in snow.

The scallions couldn’t escape Jack Frost either.

green onion

A few of the figs didn’t ripen before cold weather came. Now they look like they are sugar-coated.


And it’s time to put up the big blue watering can. The plastic surface seemed etched by the frost.

By mid morning, the frost was all gone. Everything returned to normal, no longer hiding under the coating of white frost. It was surely beautiful while it lasted!

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6 Responses to Magical Morning

  1. meemsnyc says:

    Wow, the frost looks so pretty! Question for you, do you cover your fig tree in the winter to protect it from the elements?

    • Villager says:

      No, I don’t cover them. In our climate, they will freeze back to the ground each year, and sprout from the roots in spring.

  2. Mike says:

    It really is an amazing thing, frost, the closer one looks the more intricate those little ice crystals become.

    “Frost is the greatest artist in our clime – He paints in nature and describes in rime.” – Thomas Hood

  3. Emily says:

    Beautiful photos. I love when the frost makes those large crystals on plants. We had the real white stuff fall yesterday.

  4. Christina says:

    Lovely, lovely! Believe it or not, we’ve had a touch or two of frost our direction too, but not nearly as beautiful as yours. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  5. Daphne Gould says:

    Beautiful frost photos. I always like to take photos of the first frost. It is magical.

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