Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Ides Of March - Hoar Frost

Whenever the "Ides of March" happens, it is easy to think back to one’s studies of Shakespeare’s play - Julius Caesar written in 1601.  Shakespeare build his play around the historical fact of Caesar’s assassination on March 15, 44 B.C.E..  He was warned a number of times by the soothsayer Spurinna not to attend the Senate that day, yet Caesar went.  It was in the Pompey Theater at the foot of the statue of Pompey in the Temple of Venus that Caesar was stabbed to death. Ouch!

Today early this morning on the 15th of March with the weather conditions and temperatures being just right, there was a covering of Hoar Frost throughout the Gardens at Waters East.  This gives another reason for gardeners to remember Idus Martii.  Not only did Julius Caesar meet his fate this day in history, but on a happier note;  this day, March 15, 2011, there is the beauty of ice crystals with a gentle touch covering so many grasses and trees today in the gardens.

The following fourteen photos were taken this morning on the property of Gardens at Waters East.  These are only a few of the one-hundred and ten taken this morning.


 At Sunrise

Barberry Bush

Lichen on old log

Magnolia Bush

Native Grasses


Milkweed Pods


Coneflower Seed Head

Austrian Pine

Queen Anne's Lace

Beach Stones

Field "Weeds"

Old Wheelbarrow

Reference Note:  For a complete list of the ten (10) Principles of Design used here and throughout Gardens at Waters East, check out the archive postings for November 14 – 24, 2010.

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  1. What a beautiful surprise...the hoar frost is so beautiful I am sure that all the pics taken are amazing..sometimes I will be lost in the photography of my garden during an event such as this and not even blink when I see an hour has past and I have over 100 pics...thx for sharing...lovely

  2. It's great to see you on Blotanical! Wow, your photos of hoar frost are fantastic! Being so close to the lake with the misty air probably makes it an ideal location for hoar frost. Thanks for sharing!