The snow storm appropriately named Snowmagedden by President Obama provided an additional eye-opening experience for those of us who ventured outside yesterday, Tuesday, morning. I'd heard of hoarfrost, ("a covering of minute ice needles, formed from the atmosphere at night upon the ground and exposed objects when they have cooled by radiation below the dew point, and when the dew point is below the freezing point"). Simply put, in the bright morning sun, the trees looked like those on Christmas cards. They glistened as though they were jewel-covered.
I was so impressed I grabbed my camera to take pictures before continuing on to run errands. As the sun climbed in the sky, the ice melted from the trees, and by the time I was home at noon, they were once again just naked, plain trees.