The snow piles from two weeks ago have a shaggy appearance now.
Surface hoar is building crystal structures which sparkles in the sunlight.
Up close, on my knees, I can see the structures if I place myself within four inches of the icy layers.
Not quite as elegant as the river surface hoar, but the color is more interesting.
Arctic ice blues and aquas can be seen the deeper one looks into the snow/frost.
We stride by the white mounds on our way to pick up the newspaper in the morning, the mail in the afternoon, or when we are heading out on some errand.