This is the time of year to see frozen fog, thin ice crystals that form on trees, shrubs, and wire fences in mountain valleys in the West.

Frozen Fog

When fog creeps in during freezing temperatures, green pine trees and barren deciduous trees turn frosty white.

Frozen Fog

Frozen Fog










The forest looks like a giant flocked Christmas tree lot, and everything resembles the inside of a freezer in need of defrosting.

The Shoshone call it “pogonip”, meaning “white death”, because inhaling the icy air can damage lungs.


About Lynne Schaefer

Lynne Schaefer has written two newspaper columns ("The Schussboomer" about skiing in California, and "Notes from Lynne's Journal" about Oregon wildlife); travel and garden articles for regional magazines copy for DVD tours of the High Desert Museum and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, both in Bend, Oregon. She has published three non-fiction books, A Traveler's Guide to Historic California, Christmas Trivia Quiz, and His Daughter's Remembrance.
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