I awoke in the dark this morning. Opening the door to let the cat out, I noticed that the ground was white, but not with snow. As the day brightened, the landscape became a dazzling sight: fog's moisture had deposited icy crystals on trees and shrubs and grasses, creating rime ice. The combination of the crystalline branches with the soft fog was very beautiful.
Grasses were outlined in white, and a tree looked like a soft cloud.
As the sun began to peek through the fog, its glow made the ice glitter.
The delicate white-coated dried ferns are wonderfully contrasted with the circular pattern of green lichen.
Looking closely at the ice, we can see its spiky crystals, changing the character of a rounded dried flower.
Even the spider silk attached to this seed head is covered with rime ice....
....and hydrangea petals have a decorative edge.