Photography Blog from

Hoar Frost December 23 – Antique Light






From Environment Canada Glossary :

Frost is the condition that exists when the temperature of the air near the earth or earth-bound objects falls to freezing or lower (0 °C).

Alternately, frost or hoar frost describes a deposition of ice crystals on objects by direct sublimation of water vapour from the air.


How we mark the transitioning vapour as it falls upon our lives –  the rise and fall of the emotions as they move from light to shadow, dusk to dawn.  Language too builds layers of meaning, some buried deeply, like compressed snow, it falls then hardens in their depths, only to melt away and disappear with the changing seasons.


Before 900 – Middle English, hor ; Old English hār ; cognate with Old Norse hārr grey with age, Old Frisian hēr grey, Old High German hēr old ( German hehr august, sublime)

adj. Hoar/Hoary

Old English har “hoary, gray, venerable, old,” the connecting notion being grey hair, from Proto-Germanic *haira (cf. Old Norse harr “gray-haired, old,” Old Saxon, Old High German her “distinguished, noble, glorious,” German hehr). German also uses the word as a title of respect, in Herr. Of frost, it is recorded in Old English, perhaps expressing the resemblance of the white feathers of frost to an old man’s beard. Used as an attribute of boundary stones in Anglo-Saxon, perhaps in reference to being grey with lichens, hence its appearance in place-names.


white hair’d limbs, chill’d air –

grasping at light clouded  sky’s

kiss upon the earth.


Winter’s sublime age –

grey with rising crystal strands,

so my face grows frost . 

Proudly lichen fiercely clings,

Counting out  bordering years.






8 responses

  1. I do find hoar frost fascinating.

    December 24, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    • elmediat

      May you and those close to you enjoy Many Merries & a Ho-ho. Let the Hoar Frost of Hope & Freedom light up the New Year with love and strength. 🙂

      December 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      • I love that! Thank you. And, because I can’t think of anything clever, the same to you.

        December 26, 2016 at 1:19 pm

  2. Happy holidays

    December 24, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    • elmediat

      Many thanks. All the best. 🙂

      December 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm

  3. Beautifully done. Merry Christmas to ya. 😉

    December 25, 2016 at 9:47 am

    • elmediat

      Many thanks. Keep the merry going and all the best in the New Year. Also take lots of photos. 😀

      December 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.