|Ice formations on a window facing the water|
|Fractal geometry on display|
|Red or brown, nature is an equal-opportunity employer|
Hoarfrost ("hoar" coming from the old English word for "old", presumably because it makes its host look old and gray) forms when humid air comes in contact with an object whose temperature is below the freezing point, thus changing from a vapor to a solid without passing through the liquid phase. It most often occurs in calm air and is common in the Lakes Region this time of year as warm lakes provide the needed moisture before they freeze over.
|Hoarfrost on goldenrod|
|These ice crystals grew all night, fed by moisture from the lake|
When Jack did finally arrive, he made his presence known, bringing with him strong squalls on Friday with a touch of snow.
He even caught the birds by surprise as they paddled around the lake trying to find a protected spot in which to hide.
|There are ducks hidden in there somewhere|
With temperatures well below freezing (it was 18 degrees on Saturday morning) and the strong wind churning up the lakes, I expect water temperatures in New Hampshire lakes have dropped dramatically.
|Windswept water froze onto overhanging branches|
Jack even painted the first skim of ice on the lake in protected coves and marshes.
|More fractal patterns on the surface of the lake|
After a long hiatus, I did see one deer this week - just a glimpse, no photo.... I also saw signs of a buck in the neighborhood: bark worn off an aspen tree where the deer rubbed its antlers on the trunk.
|Deer rub in the Hamlin Conservation Area|
|This deer rub is easy to find|
Maybe the hunters will have some snow for tracking this year; it seems like Jack may have decided to stick around now for the season.
Answer to the location of the Meredith Rose from two weeks ago: It is located on Main Street beside the Meredith Historical Society, across Highland Street from Town Hall.