Put On Your Coat Before You Read This Post


Brrr! It’s a winter wonderland out there.

A mysterious substance thrives in cold temperatures—frost. Oh, you heard of it, right? The stuff you have to scrape off your car windshield every damn morning (if you happen to be an unlucky individual).

Frost is often ignored, and for good reason.


Why would any sane person want to take a closer look at something which usually causes a minor inconvenience?

Snow gets all the attention. You can ski on snow, even sled! When is the last time someone skied on frost? “Hey Jim! Let’s go hit the slopes! There’s a powdery layer of frost on the trails.” Yeah. You’ll never hear anyone say that lovely line.


You’ll hear this: “Damn it, Jim! I have to warm up the car. Frost. You understand.”

Frost looks like what you’d expect up-close. Sort of. There are a few types of structures: ice pillars and crystals. Both are made of ice. Obviously. So…where exactly is the frost? I know what you’re thinking, but bear with me. If frost is nothing more than a complex icy structure, then why don’t we just call frost…ummm…ice?


Is it the pretty pattern? or is there a fundamental difference between frost and ice? Frost is ice, but ice is not necessarily frost. So…where is the line drawn? When does frost officially start to become ice?

Frost also seems to spread across a surface like a cold vine. Linear icy lanes often form and crisscross. This process eventually takes over the whole object, especially a glass window. The icy lanes are often ornamented with spiky limbs. The structures look like a pine tree. Sort of.

Weird objects can sprout from frost. Take a look.


Those are icy pillars rising from a lane of frost. Pretty cool, huh? (pun intended, of course). The ice pillars are delicate. They tend to topple over, or will lean upon each other and create a lattice like structure. Bits of icy crystals also form along lanes of frost, but they could be immature ice pillars.

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If you slip and fall on you ass this holiday season, then ponder this question while you’re crying on the ground: what is the difference between ice and frost?

After-all: you can slip on ice but you can’t slip on frost. But they’re pretty much the same thing. Sort of.

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8 thoughts on “Put On Your Coat Before You Read This Post

  1. I’ve often wondered why the word frost has been used in writings to describe a “cold stare,) etc. / i.e. “a frosty stare”).

    I mean, frost, itself is very beautiful, wistful in a way, I think.

    And ephemeral, only lending to its beauty. You touch it and it melts instantly…and you can taste it on your finger tips.

    Ice, sleet, and frozen anything isn’t as beautiful, in my opinion.

    I love how you highlighted the jagged-ness of the frost in these images. Seeing those sharp edges up close, but knowing how fragile that frost really is makes these images very enchanting.

    Thank you for sharing them. 💙

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    1. It’s funny that you mentioned how delicate frost is — I accidentally breathed on a patch of frost, and the warmth melted the ice. Gotta love it when a photographic subject melts! Haha, thanks for taking a closer look at frost.

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  2. I like frost on my head. It numbs my brain, so I can zone out and pretend we won’t have an orange troll for president in 2017.

    You wanted to know what cool stuff you can do with frost. The Scandinavian version of Jack Frost has found that frost can act as a weapon. Jokul Frosti is a Norse god who can be cruel. If he doesn’t like you, he suffocates you with frost which accumulates in your throats until you can’t breathe. He can also blind you, too! The frost covers your eyeballs and hardens them. Doesn’t he sound like a blast? 😆

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