Desert Cottontail rabbit and Rabbitbrush, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Hoarfrost Winter Morning

Moss Back Butte, from Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Moss Back Butte, from Natural Bridges Visitor Center.

After a very cold night in the single digits Fahrenheit, the morning was absolutely calm, no breeze. As the sun illuminated the snowy landscapes around Natural Bridges, the hoarfrost that had formed on everything overnight glowed in the early sunlight.

Desert Cottontail rabbit and Rabbitbrush, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Cottontail rabbit behind hoarfrost-coated Rabbitbrush.

That’s when hoarfrost forms: cold temperatures combined with high humidity and no wind.

Pinyon (pinon) pine cones and hoarfrost, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Pinyon pine cones and hoarfrost.

Which brings a gorgeous sunny morning with the sun lighting up the frost crystals.

Scrub Jay, winter, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Scrub Jay on a Pinyon pine twig.

The freezing cold doesn’t feel near as bad without a breeze, let alone wind. By comparison it feels quite comfortable.

Desert Cottontail Rabbit tracks and Rabbitbrush, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

Cottontail rabbit tracks and Rabbitbrush: signs of mid-night feeding.

Photo location: Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

© Copyright 2016 Stephen J. Krieg

 

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