Have your ever seen frost flowers growing on a cold winter morning? Many years ago when I was much younger, I enjoyed going deer hunting. Since I was a school teacher, the Thanksgiving break was a great time to hunt. I remember getting up very early on Thanksgiving morning, and driving my Ford Maverick back into the mountains near Broadway, Virginia. I forded a small stream and parked in the pines at the bottom of the ridge.
It was a very cold morning and the air was heavy with moisture. I climbed the side of the mountain, the sun was just coming up. I noticed that the sun was shinning off of ice crystal that had grown forming beautiful flowers on the ground. It was one of the most beautiful sites I have seen. The air temperature and the moisture in the air were just the right combination to produce frost flowers. The sun soon melted them away as I made my way to the top.
Mountain frost flowers
Crystals soon to melt away
Deer and hunter dance
Frost Flower Photo: kuriositas.com (This is very similar to the ones I saw)
This Haibun is for Frank Tassone’s Haikai Challenge with the prompt winter mountain.
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