New Year Frostbow

January 1, 2014 · 6 comments

What would January in Teton Valley be without me yelling, “Quick! Where’s the camera?!” and dashing off into the fresh snow in my slippers with no coat on?

Drop-dead gorgeous soft rime frost will do that to a person, and given the warm creek that flows year-round through our property, frost and a sock-free dash or two into below freezing temperatures, camera in hand, are somewhat predictable.

New Year Frostbow-1I did not see this coming, though.

New Year Frostbow-2This was not a rainbow. As far as I can tell, it was either:
a) magic
b) a sign from God that 2014 is going to be an amazing year
c) a frostbow, or
d) all of the above.

New Year Frostbow-3It was shimmering in a straight vertical shaft in the field directly to the south of us, bathing everything in its path with a surreal, other-worldly hue that insisted on the beauty and life in all things.

New Year Frostbow-4If you want to get technical, it was caused by the setting sun filtered through a fine dusting of frost particles drifting in ahead of the snow clouds advancing from the south.

New Year Frostbow-6I prefer to think that we live in a magical snow globe of wonder and grace.

New Year Frostbow-5Rick got outside quickly in his big snow boots and coat and took over camera fun from deeper snow vantage points while I dashed back inside to snag another layer.

I didn’t dilly-dally over footwear, though.

New Year Frostbow-7
May 2014 be a year of profound joy, peace, and presence for us all.


kathy January 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words.
As incredible as this seems, the photos don’t even begin to do justice to how vibrant and close it was. There was a real “thingness” to the phenomenon that was awesome (in the most literal sense of that word!).

Kristie Pham January 6, 2014 at 1:22 pm

This is absolutely gorgeous. And I, for one, have a great feeling about 2014.

Debra January 6, 2014 at 9:22 am

AMEN! Beautiful Magical Frost Gift From God Bow! So glad you were able to capture it in all it’s wonderful glory!
Happy New Year!

Sandi Fentiman January 2, 2014 at 1:56 pm


Those are marvelous pictures; a few of them a card worthy; especially the first one; and a few of your phrases. The last one would make a great new year’s card for 2015.
And I agree with Chartlie. So….!!!!AMEN!!!!!

Charlie January 2, 2014 at 9:20 am

AMEN. (thought it deserved to be shouted!)

Peggy Wilson January 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Thank you for this BEAUTIFUL post. I have never been to your state, but it is now on my short list. We have a vintage 1962 Airstream…and I can imagine getting to paint in this amazing location.

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