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Old Jan 6, 2012, 7:03 PM   #1
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Several folks seemed to enjoy the frosty photos from Roan Mt a week or so ago. So I'd like to share a few more images of mountain frost.

We had another frozen hike on Holston Mt recently. Unfortunately, the K20D was still at the repair center (it's back now, and working better than ever!), and the old, damaged K-M was having a lot of trouble focusing (manual focus switch not working, autofocus missing focus more than half the time.)

But we still got a few pretty decent shots of the dense fog frozen to inch-thick frost.
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There was a bit of snow on the ground, but nearly all the white was frost - a combination of dense clouds and temperatures in the teens (Farenheit).
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We enjoyed seeing how the frost touched even the fine details - here are some frosted mosses and frosted seed heads (Rattlesnake Orchid seed - our commonest woodland orchid).
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We were also amazed how high up in the trees the frost reached...
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But best of all was the view across Shady Valley towards Iron Mountain. Here are some views from early in the day, while it was still mostly cloudy...
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And some more views on the way back, when the clouds had lifted...
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One of our goals for this hike was to check out a lovely little waterfall on North Fork Stony Creek. It's less than a mile off trail to get to the falls, but a rather tricky crawl through the rhododendron thickets. By the time we got to the falls, it was too sunny for a good photo, but here are a few snapshots...
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Total hike distance was about 9 miles, mostly ridge walking, and all full of outdoor fun!

Hope you enjoyed the hike, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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What beautiful shots Mole! Is such dense frost common in your mountains? Light frost is fairly common in my area, but it takes unusual atmospheric conditions to create such thick frost. I'd say it happens in our area once or twice per year at most. Maybe not even that often.
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MtnMan - Glad you enjoyed the frosty shots, despite the lack of clean focus...

This kind of frost is not all that rare at the higher elevations here - not an every day occurrence though!
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