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William H. Wiley



1221 Rockhurst Dr.

Lincoln, NE 68510

White Tailed Deer in Hoarfrost

Photographed at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge on an extremely cold winter morning, this deer foraged through the frost-covered brush without being aware of Bill’s presence. Icicles hung from tree branches and the surrounding woods looked like a winter wonderland, in spite of the 15 degree temperature. Hoarfrost is a deposit of ice crystals on objects to the free air such as grass blades, tree branches or leaves. It is formed by the direct condensation of water vapor to ice at temperatures below freezing and occurs when air is brought to its frost point by cooling. In this picture, the moment the sun rose high enough to touch the hoarfrost it instantly melted and the scene turned to its normal color, light brown.