Freezing fog, or pogonip. Whatever you call it, it’s stunning!
“Freezing fog occurs when liquid fog droplets freeze to surfaces, forming white soft or hard rime. This is very common on mountain tops which are exposed to low clouds. It is equivalent to freezing rain, and essentially the same as the ice that forms inside a freezer which is not of the “frostless” or “frost-free” type.
In the western United States, freezing fog may be referred to as pogonip. The word pogonip is derived from the Shoshone word paγi̵nappi̵h, which means “cloud”. In The Old Farmer’s Almanac, in the calendar for December, the phrase “Beware the Pogonip” regularly appears.”
Each branch appeared to have a flowing horses’ mane.
The manes were created with tiny ice crystals stacked on top of each other.
Each pine needle was stacked; even the pine cones participated!
Everything over 2,000 feet was affected by this beautiful phenomenon!