Morning photo: Crystal dreams …

Frozen fog

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Ice flowers sprout early December on Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO — It’s been a great year for watching the rivers and creeks freeze over, but I’m still waiting for that first big bloom of frost flowers — at this point, I’m not even sure that conditions are going to be ripe for the growth of the giant crystals. It seems to require just the right combination of moisture and temperature at just the right time. In previous years, early to mid-December has been prime time for watching the feathery crystals develop along riverbanks and the shore of Dillon Reservoir, but so far this winter, I’ve been skunked, so here are a few shots from December 2011. If you like our daily snapshots, please visit the online Summit Voice gallery for a great selection of Summit County landscape images.

Sometimes, if you're their at the right time (early morning) you can actually watch them grow.

Sometimes, if you’re their at the right time (early morning) you can actually watch them grow.

Ice on ice ...

Ice on ice …

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Feathery crystals grow on dried grass.

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Log crystals.

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  1. That is beautiful!

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