On Wednesday (Feb. 2), we had ideal condditions for the formation of thick hoarfrost. Ice fog which quickly coalesced onto anything that was cold. I took the bus into work as usual, hopped off at my usual stop, and spent 30 minutes shooting things with my Fuji FinePix S7000. Anything that was stationary and cold, became an anchor point for a multitude of ice crystals. This pine could be anywhere - Yosemite, Yellowstone, Isle Royale, or just somewhere in the middle of nowhere. But it wasn't - it was right in front of the UM Museum of Zoology, where I work. It just goes to show you that nature's beauty can surprise you, even right outside your door.