Friday, December 2, 2011

Frosty Indeed

Jack Frost paid a prime visit to the farmette last night.  We woke up to bitterly cold temperatures and beautiful scenery. 

Scandinavian legend has it that Jokul Frosti was the original Jack Frost.  Meaning icicle frost, according to the Norse Vikings, Jack seems to work his magic all around the world.


Aboriginal tribes in Australia believe that the seven sisters, or Pleiades, throw icicles to earth that are plucked from their bodies.  Even German folklore tells of Mother Frost who shakes feathers from her bed that turn into snow.  

I think Prince Morocco, from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, may have had the most painful experience with frost sent to him by a lost love. 

"All that glitters is not gold, 
Often you have heard that told...
Fare you well, your suit is cold, 
Cold indeed; and labor lost, 
Then, farewell heat; and welcome frost."


29 comments:

  1. I love the frosty pictures...brr

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  2. I'm dreaming of a White Christmas.

    Maybe not Jack Frost nipping at....

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  3. The photos and words are excellent!

    Received your book of photos...enjoyed looking at them, they stirred up memories of the rural Virginia of my youth!

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  4. We too had this beautiful frost! With the sun shining it is so SPARKLY!!! Pretty pictures!

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  5. We get plenty of frost here, but I don't remember it looking so pretty.

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  6. No matter what name it goes by, it is beautiful for sure!

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  7. Frost is certainly beautiful this morning but kind of pain when you have to scrape the windows with an old Hot Topic discount card because your daughter hasn't stocked up her car yet with scrapers...

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  8. I don't remember a Jack Frost or equivalent in Sweden. I have to think about that. I know he must be somewhere in our ancient tales. Anyway, this was a very interesting post. I loved the idea of the stars shedding icicles and of course the poem.

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  9. Lovley photos. It's getting colder here but one only one or two frosts-and they were back in Oct. I think. Our time will come, soon!

    Chrissy at Manchester: a photo a day at Mancunian Wave

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  10. Wonderful captures! Heavy frost here the past couple of mornings and we've already had our first snow showers so I guess winter is here for sure. Actually, this is good news for me because I can breathe more easily in cold air so I'll be spending more time outdoors with the dogs......and my cameras, of course.

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  11. neat to hear the legends behind frost. the 7 sisters is my favorite 'constellation / heavenly body'. :)

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  12. Gorgeous photos of the frost.. we haven't had much of a frost yet here in the Columbia River Gorge of Oregon.. but it will come. It's cold enough though!!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. I like the pot especially. We had the same kind of frost two days ago and of course the weatherman had to give a long explanation on the type and how it is formed as well as why and how many times a year we would be soooo lucky to see it and on and on. Bottom line, it looks great and is great for taking photos.

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  14. Over here it rarely gets colder outside, than it is inside a fridge.

    Miss winter and its joy. Please have you all a good weekend.

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  15. Great post - I love all of the history! Great pictures too!

    Sarah from The House That Ag Built

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  16. Beautiful! I love it when the sun shimmers on it!

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  17. " and then some of us breathe a sigh of relief when the hard frost comes - any "lack of weeding" guilt for 2011 is FINALLY over" lol

    love the shots!

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  18. I really enjoyed these "frosty" stories! Let's not forget about "frost on the pumpkin." Have a wonderful weekend!

    Mary

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  19. Your pictures are always so beautiful and artistic!!!

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  20. Very interesting, I really like the first photo.

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  21. i can't wait for snow in atlanta

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  22. Our friend Jack gets around! lol

    Lovely photo's and accompanying text.

    Thank you!

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  23. Wonderful post! I remember waking up some winter mornings as a child to find pretty frost patterns on my bedroom window. I loved the story my Mom told me that Jack Frost painted them during the night! I always wanted to catch him in the act.

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  24. Those images are beautiful. Chilly indeed but gorgeous in their frostiness.

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