“Oh What a Beautiful Morning!…”

We had such a gorgeous morning here at Mud Ranch – One of my favorite weather conditions, Hoary Frost.  There were little white spikes all over everything and it made the landscape have a beautiful texture that is hard to describe.  Of course, I had to go out and take photos, so here’s some to enjoy.


I loved how the blue skies would peek out from behind the fog here and there.


And a close up of what the frost really looks like, it found it’s resting  place here on some wild rose hips.


Hank, Harry, and I walked up to a couple of settling ponds that are very seasonal.  Annie and I catch Pollywogs here in the spring.  Now they’re very much frozen over.


Hank will now demonstrate how to break the ice to have a nice cool drink (he’s nibbling on my arm as I type.)


I loved the colors and textures of this water grass, which is very sharp by itself but now has a special ‘edge’ with it’s new frosty look.


Harry, despite his very cold paws, couldn’t stand not to come along.  He thought I was crazy at a couple points but continued to follow anyway.


I knew that if I hunkered down and called his name, that I’d get this next photo…


And effortless leap, all fours off the ground!  What a good kitty.


And just to add some ‘punch’ to a couple of my hoary frost photos, the Orton Effect.


This last one was my favorite.


About mudranch

I live in the country, I love to take photos, I'm a shepherdess, I adore my husband and daughter, I walk in the will of Christ.

Posted on January 10, 2011, in Nature, Nature Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. wow. those are beautiful Joan! Love Harry. As Always.

  2. Stunning! That’s all I have to say about that.

  3. I agree…love Harry and stunning photos! I have never heard the term ‘hoary frost’.

  4. ps…I like the new header and color!

  5. I think Harry is one of the most beautiful kitties I’ve ever seen…and I’m a dog person!! I think I’d try to kidnap him if I lived closer!!! =)

  6. That’s quite an expression on Harry. Ya just gotta love cat faces.

    The hoary frost is exquisite and I had never heard that term either. I wonder what’s its origin is.

  7. Fantastic shots of beautiful subjects!

  8. . . . . .have I said I want that cat????

  9. Hi Joan…really beautiful photos ( landcapes and textures ) this winter. But how can you miss with a ham like Harry and Hank?

    • Hi Auntie Denise… Yes, beautiful, especially with the neat frost. I hope we get another morning like that. Harry is especially photogenic and he’s always doing funny things that “normal” cats don’t… He’s pretty special. So’s Hank. 😉

  10. hi,

    this is my first visit to your blog (and likely not the last). i just wanted to say i loved your photographs and adorable kitty.

  11. You sure are great with your camera!

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