Ice was nice!

Before these pictures become just a distant memory here’s a post about an amazing icy experience: freezing rain or ‘pluie verglaçante’.

Something I have perhaps seen in the Vosges mountains of Alsace many years ago, but would never have expected in Brittany.

Freezing rain is the name given to rain maintained at temperatures below freezing by the ambient air mass that causes freezing on contact with surfaces. Unlike a mixture of rain and snow, ice pellets, or sleet, freezing rain is made entirely of liquid droplets.

More simply, as the rain touched a surface, be it plant, plastic, metal or tarmac the whole became encased in a perfectly clear, beautiful layer of ice.

Apparently to form a snow crystal there needs to be a speck of something for the crystal/snowflake to form around, whereas freezing rain is absolutely ‘pure’ water…

The world was transformed!

Oak twigs
Rose shoots and rosehips
Rhododendron and Lilac buds
Catkins on Hazel
Teasel seedhead
Camellia icicles and Camellia ice d leaf as it thawed
Cut glass crystal? No, frozen water butt and rectangular ice that fell from the telephone lines!

A day amongst the Menhirs and Alignments… Carnac

On a beautiful, incredibly frosty morning with a pale pink sky that quickly turned powder blue and sun that shone from start to finish. There can have been no better day to have seen the Alignments and Megaliths of Carnac.

From October until the end of March the barriers are opened and you can wander willy nilly amongst the stones. Plus there are virtually no other people to spoil your photographs so you can try to make them as dramatic and moody as you like!

Dolmen (presumed ancient covered tomb) they say that it would have had earth mounded over it.
Menhir Giant

Lichens on top of a Menhir.