Above: The combines are stopped, yet the day is sunny. What is happening in GriggsDakota?
Above: In the mornings we have hoarfrost or a crystalized dew covering every surface in GriggsDakota.
Above: As the sun comes up and the temperatures climb above freezing, the frost turns to water.
Above: The water soaks slowly through the husks of the soybeans and the result is that they are higher in moisture each day.
Above: There are lots of pinto beans in the Adfarm field waiting for the day of harvest.
Above: They too have the beautiful hoarfrost.
Above: Pinto beans are vulnerable to staining and bleaching when left in the field after they are ripe. The husks do protect them, but only to a point. We need sunshine and a wind in order to complete our harvest. We have had some sunshine this week, but no wind to dry the fields.
Above: The dried out milkweed plant is beautifully frosted in white and waiting for the wind to blow its seeds away.
Above: The deck rail appears to be covered in white velvet.
Above: There is frost on the barbed wire fences.
Above: The water is a mirror.
Above: Once the crunch of the frosty morning melts, the grass remains wet all day near the saturated ground.
Above: The frost paints beauty everywhere.
Above: But in GriggsDakota we're waiting to resume harvest and wondering when that will be.