I was out in western Wisconsin last weekend.  I visit the area often with my wife since her family lives in the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire area.  However, I haven’t really ever gone out to explore the area from a photography point of view.  On December 8, 2018 that changed when I woke up to the entire Dunn County region covered in hoarfrost.  

Hoarfrost is a type of frost that forms on cold, clear, and still nights.  Water vapor collects and freezes on leaves, branches, and pretty much anything exposed.  The result is a beautiful landscape perfect for winter photography.

 

Hoarfrost in Dunn County

I was excited to explore some of Dunn County.  Seeing the frost cover the farmland made for some stunning views.  I found a little creek area next to the road that gave me my first composition of the morning.  I love how the frost is blanketing absolutely everything in the scene from the grass, to the tops of the trees.

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I then took a little hike at Hoffman Hills State Recreation Area.  This seemed like a really cool park with some scenic views of ponds, fields, and woodland settings.  And there is a fire-tower similar to those I was used to at Peninsula and Potawatomi State Parks.  It’s a bit of a hike that I couldn’t make this particular morning but will definitely put it on my list of places to explore on further on future visits to the area.

After my walk at Hoffman Hills I decided to just explore the surrounding parts of Dunn County.  Not far from the park I found a classic “tree on a hill” setting.  This view had three trees, all covered in hoarfrost, made for a nice minimalist composition.

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After checking out the area, I needed some coffee so I headed towards Menomonie, WI to look for a McDonald’s.  Afterwards I headed south along the Red Cedar River.  The hoarfrost along the river wasn’t any less stunning than out in the hilly farmlands of Dunn County

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Winter is such a beautiful time for photography!