Ice Needles

I’m not really sure what else to call this.  What initially looked like a freezing fog making all the trees white turned out to be a covering of “ice needles” that made most plants and trees look as if they were pines.  The interesting thing is the morning was pretty calm with just the whisp of a breeze, so I really can’t explain how these would form.

Edit to add: A little web searching found that this phenomenon is known as “Soft Rime”:

Wikipedia to the rescue:

Soft rime is a white ice deposition that forms when the water droplets in light freezing fog or mist freeze to the outer surfaces of objects, with calm or light wind. The fog freezes usually to the windward side of tree branches, wires, or any other solid objects.

It made for some interesting photos!

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