Clear skies and cold nights make for feathery frost at dawn ✨
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Top Shot: A Bull with Icing on Top | Photograph by Tracy Kerestesh (@tracykerestesh)
. #Your Shot photographer Tracy Kerestesh photographed a bison bull as he walked through a hoar frosted field in Saskatchewan, Canada. Hoar frost is crystallized frost that formed when the temperature of the surface was below the freezing point. This photo was selected for the February 15, 2019 Daily Dozen.
Top Shot features the photo with the most votes from the previous day’s Daily Dozen, 12 photos chosen by the Your Shot editors from thousands of recent uploads. Our community votes for their favorite photo from the selection, and the Top Shot is showcased on the @natgeoyourshot Instagram account.
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It was a frosty start this morning! Who spotted the hoar frost? The word “hoar” comes from old English and refers to the old age appearance of the frost: the way the ice crystals form makes it look like white hair or a beard ❄️
Hoar frost requires slightly different conditions to ground frost. It forms when the water vapour in the air comes into contact with solid surfaces that are already below freezing point. Ice crystals form immediately, and the ice continues to grow as more water vapour is frozen. On a still night, it can grow well on tree branches, where the surface temperature is unlikely to rise above zero for many hours.
A piece from my early Futurelands series, before patterns entered the scene.
Atmospheric environments get to me! I started painting this relatively soon after that deliciously foggy and frosty visit to Bulgaria, while traveling in the Middle East. I finished it in a small cabin in a remote area of Czech Republic!
Good and strange times.
I’ll share more about my rather adventurous lifestyle in future posts.
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This is a good picture showing how limoncello ages. Natalya added the simple syrup about a week ago and the clear infusion turned immediately cloudy. That happens when the delicately dissolved oils are knocked out of solution by a rapid rise in water content.
Since then the lemon oils have been slowly dissolving back into the spirits (visibly from the bottom up). After another week or so the entire jug will be clear and yellow and ready to bottle.
*** Bottle Re-Filling Event ***
Starting Monday we'll be refilling your empty Hoarfrost Crystal bottles. We'll keep this going for the next couple of weeks at least.
1. You bring in your empty, clean, dry bottle. Since you get your own bottle back and you are solely responsible for it's cleanliness.
2. We'll refill it immediately if we can. If we can't for some reason, you'll tag it, we'll refill the next day, and you can reclaim it at your convenience. Bottles will be returned to you sealed. We can replace missing tops if necessary.
3. Up to five Crystal Vodka bottles per customer per day. We can't refill Brilliant at this time.
4. The cost is $32, due when the bottles are dropped off. There will be a small extra charge if replacement tops are needed. Keep your receipt to claim your bottles back.
This batch of Limoncello is in the final stages. Natalya added the simple syrup a couple of days ago and you can see it's turned cloudy again. It should take a couple weeks for the cloudiness to disappear and then we'll be ready for filtering and bottling.
Our recipe has recently been approved by the feds, and we are awaiting label approval. Once that process is complete we will be able to sell this by the bottle through our Tasting Room. Because of the difficulty with getting good lemons here we will be selling extremely limited numbers of bottles. There will be a big announcement at the time.
"BlackBerry winter, the time when the hoarfrost lies on the BlackBerry blossoms; without this frost the berries will not set. It is the forerunner of a rich harvest."
. 🌼 Well, the blossoms, like a string of pearls, are reaching up to the warm sun. I have always heard that when they bloom the danger of frost is subsiding; but, the actual message of the blossoms refers to a period of cold weather that follows the blooming of the vines. A "little winter" as they kindly call it.
. ❄ In the South, there are five "little winters:" Red bud, Dogwood, Locust, BlackBerry, and Britches. Some people claim there is even a sixth called Whippoorwill winter or Phantom winter because it isn't as cold as the rest.