Memories of Winter: Fox Valley, 2008
Many people dislike winter, but here in Wisconsin, it's not just a great time for winter sports, but is a beautiful season for photo buffs with ever-changing landscapes and fascinating close-ups. Here are some views from the Appleton, Wisconsin area and surrounding Fox Valley mostly from 2008.
Ring Dance, the famous sculpture in Appleton's City Park, Feb. 14, 2008.
Hoar frost on a plum tree in my yard in southern Appleton, Feb. 23, 2008. The south eastern part of Appleton where I live gets some of the best hoar frost due to fog coming in from Lake Winnebago. When the breeze is gentle and the conditions just right, long ice crystals can grow over many surfaces, usually just on the upwind side facing the moisture-rich breeze from the lake. Love it!
Another view of some hoar frost in my yard, Feb. 23, 2008.
A floating sheet of ice decorated with hoar frost, floating on the Fox River as viewed from Riverside Park in Neenah, Wisconsin, Feb. 2008. On the lake, hoar frost forms when there is open water and the temperature drops sharply when there is almost no wind at all, allowing moisture rich air from the open water to grow into crystals on nearby rocks, ice, wood, etc.
A bench at Neenah's Riverside Park, Feb. 2008. You can see some ice floating in the water - that's where I took the previous photo.
A branch of an apple tree in my yard encased in ice from an ice storm, Jan. 2008.
Another view of snow on the Ring Dance sculpture, Feb. 14, 2008.
Snow removal at City Park, Feb. 2008.
Snow on tall grass at City Park, Feb. 2008.
Fresh snow on the fence in my backyard, April 12, 2008. The fence was dry by the afternoon.
Snow cave on Calumet Street, Appleton, Feb. 2008. The heavy snow in 2008 coupled with some thawing and freezing cycles resulted in snow overhangs with numerous icicles, such as this open "snow cave" on Calumet Street, acorss from Copps grocery store.
Another view of the Calumet snow cave from the previous photo.
A truck parked on frozen Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin - Feb. 7, 2008. (I prefer asphalt.)
Cracks in the ice of Lake Winnebago, March 2008, near Riverside Park, Neenah, Wisconsin. Be careful about parking on the lake when the ice begins to thin or shift.
Some frost on pine bark chips, Lindsay front yard, Jan. 2008.