Happy New Year! These pictures are of giant flakes (about leaf sized) of hoar frost (I think anyways) up close. Not quite as cool as hairy ice but still impressive!
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After all-time record snowfall in the mountains, hiking sans snowshoes gets tricky in spots. The penstock pipeline at the Pocaterra Hydro Plant in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is still a very leaky woodstave and creates massive natural ice sculptures. I heard they’ll be replacing it this summer… so these views will soon be forgotten.
Seems like everyone everywhere has been having a really unusual winter. It’s been really warm, and we’ve only had a cold snap of -30 degree weather in November and January. Lots of snow in the mountains though, but dry and mild in town. We were supposed to have a cold February, but definitely no sign …