I was thinking about the drive home the other night on what struck me as being the loneliest stretch of highway I had ever been on in a long while by myself. That is until I saw the flashing lights of a police car behind me and I thought who is he pulling over? There’s no one for miles, I’m doing the speed limit and just where did he come from? I was hesitant to pull over on the side of the highway as it was glare ice and piled up snow. I slowly edged to a stop and waited for at least five minutes before the cop made an appearance at my driver’s door side. He asked me how I was tonight, had I been drinking, and where was I going.. I answered all his questions and when he proceeded to ask personal questions about my return flight home, how long had I been here, why was I here.. I got a little upset and told him these weren’t standard questions and I really didn’t have to answer them. At that point he looked surprised, laughed and then out of the blue asked me .. “what did I think of the Hoar frost this year?”. I had to laugh as obviously he was just doing his duty on a lonely stretch of highway at 3:00 a.m. and I was the lucky one to come along and break up his monotony of his lonely morning shift.
When I told him I was a photographer and was loving the beauty of this winter wonderland he agreed it was one of the most gorgeous landscapes he had witnessed since childhood. We then just chatted a bit more about this part of the country and he bid me a good morning and safe journey.
I guess it was the incongruity of his question that made me laugh this morning and inspired me to look up exactly what Hoar frost is.
- Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface. Also called white frost.
- A deposit of needle-like ice crystals formed on the ground by direct condensation at temperatures below freezing point. Also called white frost.
- Frozen dew that forms a white coating on a surface.
I find myself humming as I walk around in this fairy tale landscape. For me at this moment, in this time the beauty is unsurpassed…and isn’t Hoar frost a funny word? …
copyright Es-tee Miller
“It`s a bit frosty out here as I hum, Walking in a Winter Wonderland“….Es-tee