The frost crystals were very long, making these lichens look like miniature trees!
The next photo shows a variety of crystals that formed on a small clump of moss.
And one more, showing sparkling crystals on a crustose lichen.
All of these images were taken in a field next to a stream in a low-lying valley on 19 December 2012.
I think the last time we had snow was in 2005. I still dream about sledding and snowball fights, but for now I'll thank Jack Frost for providing wonderful views of winter wonderlands. (Now if only I could shrink down to walk among the tiny crystalline trees!)