Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's the Simple Things...

Late yesterday afternoon, L and I were having a heart-to-heart discussion at the kitchen table. L suddenly pointed at the window:"Quick! Look at the window!"

The moisture on our sun-warmed, south facing storm window had just reached the magical temperature to form a beautiful fan of frost. We sat in awe for the 5 seconds it took for our window to spiderweb into a work of art.

We have been privileged to witness this phenomenon several times, and it still takes our breath away.

19 Comments:

At 1/25/2009 11:28 AM, Blogger Wandering Coyote said...

That's truly beautiful. Your post reminds me of my recent hoarfrost experience: I think that's something I'm only going to witness a couple of times in my life...I'd never seen anything like it before and it had such a magical, mystical quality to it...

 
At 1/25/2009 1:53 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

I haven't seen frosted windows since I was a kid. I think it means you need new windows and are losing a lot of heat to outside. But it certainly is beautiful.

 
At 1/25/2009 2:09 PM, Blogger Squirl said...

I'm not a fan of winter and cold weather but frost is so gorgeous. Glad you got pictures.

 
At 1/25/2009 10:05 PM, Blogger mister anchovy said...

When I was a kid that used to happen from time to time on one of the windows at our house. Beautiful.

 
At 1/25/2009 10:49 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Thanks for sharing this magical moment, Tshs!

Your Jack Frost looks likes intricate lace. Just gorgeous. I've never seen it happen before my eyes but have seen lesser doses on windows. It always causes me to stop and inspect with awe.

 
At 1/26/2009 4:56 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Isnt that awsome when that happens?? Hope all is well.. Talk to you soon. N..

 
At 1/26/2009 10:39 AM, Blogger maeve said...

VERY NEAT!! In fact my car windows looked like that this morning in 3 degree temp.!! Brrrrrrrrrr

 
At 1/26/2009 4:23 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

WC, we live .5 mile from river rapids, which stay open all year. We get a lot of hoarfrost on subzero days. It's one of the things that makes cold days bearable. It IS the simple things, isn't it?

Jeannie, we have 6 inch walls in our house, so we have room to have a storm window in addition to our double-paned, energy efficient windows. The frost forms on the outside of the storm window, so we get the best of both worlds-beautiful frost and efficient windows. ;)

Squirl, I have to look for the beauty to survive the cold days. :p

Mr A, the patterns vary daily. ;)

Cherie, watching it form is pure magic!

Tweets, all's well here.

Maeve, somehow frost just doesn't seem as pretty on a car window, does it?

 
At 1/27/2009 10:24 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Oh cool! I've seen that before too. Normally it's on the windshield when I'm driving. It's amazing to watch.

 
At 1/27/2009 6:11 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, LOL, watching frost form on the windshield can be rather hazardous. I'm usually cussing the frost in those circumstances. ;)

 
At 1/28/2009 10:54 PM, Blogger SME said...

Gorgeous! I wish we'd get this on our window, instead of just scary-looking icicles. Jack Frost doesn't like me, I guess.

 
At 1/29/2009 1:27 PM, Blogger Gardenia said...

Nature did this beautiful glass etching just for you! Thanks for sharing - yes, it did look like a mystical appearance from another world parallel to ours perhaps

 
At 1/30/2009 8:32 AM, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said...

Okay mediator, we might need your skills, it's getting deep over at my blog.

 
At 1/30/2009 5:22 PM, Blogger Chico said...

Beautiful! It's amazing what Ma Nature can do when she has a mind to.

 
At 1/30/2009 5:24 PM, Blogger CA said...

Ditto-what Chico the Wonder Dog said!

 
At 1/31/2009 8:26 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

SME, Jack Frost LOVES us this winter. :( I think you need exterior storm windows to get this effect.

Gardenia, wouldn't it be great if we could duplicate this pattern onto glassware?

VV, I did my best! I think I talked M UP from guppies anyway. *giggle*

CA, we're often too blinded by the trials this weather has given us to see the beauty that accompanies the trials. The beauty lightens our spirits considerably! ;)

 
At 1/31/2009 1:34 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Gorgeous. Thanks for posting that, Tshsmom.

 
At 2/02/2009 9:22 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Wow. That is pretty cool.

On a different note, Favre will be your starting QB in '09. The Jets will cut him and you guys will immediately sign him. That's my outlandish prediction for '09.

 
At 2/03/2009 8:41 AM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

Cool shots.

 

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