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I nowhere found so beautiful...
I nowhere found so beautiful and big snow crystals as above Uskovnica, on the altitude of some 1300m. After many peaceful days moisture was condensing slowly, forming big, clear crystals.

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Boruau Vid!

Bor

Voted 10/10

Amazing!
Posted Oct 4, 2004 12:58 pm

Vid PogachnikRe: uau Vid!

Vid Pogachnik

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I lack on this picture some object, other than crystals. But nothing natural was there :-(
Posted Oct 4, 2004 3:02 pm

tomigreat image!

tomi

Voted 10/10

beautiful, Vid.
Posted Oct 4, 2004 3:51 pm

Vid PogachnikRe: great image!

Vid Pogachnik

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Thanks! I can't remember how big these crystals were. Perhaps 1 cm or even more...
Posted Oct 5, 2004 4:50 am

Vid PogachnikEnglish word for this?

Vid Pogachnik

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I was wrong in the pic caption. Actually this is not snow. It's condensed water, frozen on the surafce - in this case on snow. How's that called in English?
Posted Oct 5, 2004 11:10 am

brentaRe: English word for this?

brenta

Voted 10/10

I guess rime or frost.
Posted Oct 5, 2004 11:41 am

ColonelpyatRe: English word for this?

Colonelpyat

Voted 10/10

Great shot! Looks like surface hoar to me. Beautiful but deadly. A lot of avalanches are triggered on buried layers of this stuff.
Posted Oct 8, 2004 2:54 am

Vid PogachnikRe: English word for this?

Vid Pogachnik

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Yes, indeed! Great explanation!
Posted Oct 8, 2004 8:06 am

Ski MountaineerRe: English word for this?

Ski Mountaineer

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Yes, this is surface hoar (usually not related to depth hoar as stated below - depth hoar is a product of snow metamorphism within the snowpack), and not rime.
Surface hoar crystals are created when the air cools to below its dew point, and vapour from the over-saturated air deposits onto the snow surface. The resulting crystals have a feathery, plate-like or sometimes needle-like shape, resulting in a very low strength.
Buried under snow surface hoar is a thin (in this case not even that thin) but weak of layer with low shear strength - and easy to overlook in snow profiles when really thin.

Rime on the other hand develops when super-cooled water (water drops colder than 0°C) hits a solid object and freezes onto it (mostly in windy conditions) - so this is a different process then surface hoar build-up.

Great picture, I never saw a better surface hoar picture before. I might want to use that for future presentation in relation to avalanches.

Cheers!!
Peter
Posted Nov 29, 2006 10:32 pm

Vid PogachnikRe: English word for this?

Vid Pogachnik

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Hey, Peter, thanks for additional great explanation! If you need a high resolution picture, just let me know (I guess it's anyway only 1600x1200 pix).
Posted Nov 30, 2006 8:22 am

Ski MountaineerRe: English word for this?

Ski Mountaineer

Voted 10/10

Hi Vid!

Yes, this would be great. Should I need it, I will get back to you.

Cheers,
Peter
Posted Dec 2, 2006 9:27 pm

nguy33Great Work

nguy33

Voted 10/10

Terrific, one of the coolest pics ive seen on SP. It is like a forest of ice. Great perspective!
Posted Oct 5, 2004 6:06 pm

Vid PogachnikRe: Great Work

Vid Pogachnik

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Thanks! As I said - it would need some object so set an eye on it. But anyway...
Posted Oct 6, 2004 7:03 am

liviozwonderful example...

livioz

Voted 10/10

..of dendritic growth!
Posted Oct 6, 2004 11:23 am

rokajFrost

rokaj

Voted 10/10

Magnificent. regards ROK
Posted Oct 10, 2004 9:13 am

wuedesauIncredible

wuedesau

Voted 10/10

Incredible wood of ice crystals and perfectly captured!

The largest I have seen have been in an ice cave measuring about 20cm.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 5:33 am

Vid PogachnikRe: Incredible

Vid Pogachnik

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Ufff, 20 cm! It's amazing. So it depends on the speed - if it's freezing really slowly, they are bigger.
Posted Oct 20, 2004 9:57 am

Eric SandboHoar frost

Eric Sandbo

Voted 9/10

In the US it's called "hoar frost", or if it's deep between layers of the snowpack, it's "depth hoar", and something to be frightened of. Beautiful photo of it. I've never gotten close enough for a shot like that. If you have a tripod to allow a long exposure, stop you lense way down (high f-stop number), and the colored sparkles in sunlight will be revealed. When the lens is wide open, the different colors blend and are lost.
Posted Feb 16, 2006 6:02 pm

GumpieSkiing Glass...

Gumpie

Voted 10/10

...have you ever skied through frost crystals like that...it sounds like breaking glass. Fantastic shot!
Posted Mar 21, 2006 1:07 am

Vid PogachnikRe: Skiing Glass...

Vid Pogachnik

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Thanks! Yes, skiing through it sounds strange :-)
Posted Mar 21, 2006 9:09 am

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