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.
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.
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
Winter is such a beautiful time for photography!