People travel far and wide to witness the beauty of winter. For locals of Kandiyohi County, it's right in our own backyard. Several mornings over the past week, the great outdoors was covered in a glittering frost creating a winter wonderland like no other.

The once dull brown landscape was coated in a beautiful crystalized blanket of white. This scenic delight was often found in the morning, before the sun melted the frost away.

"Hoarfrost," as it is called, refers to white ice crystals deposited on the ground or loosely attached to exposed objects, such as wires or leaves.

Hoarfrost is a type of feathery frost that forms as a result of specific climatic conditions, according to Wikipedia. Specifically, consisting of tiny ice crystals, hoarfrost is formed through the same process as dew — but only when surface temperatures are below freezing point. Hoarfrost follows a feather-like appearance, forming when the surface temperature reaches zero degrees Celsius before the dew begins to manifest on it.

The word "hoar" comes from old English and refers to the old age appearance of the frost: the way the ice crystals form makes it look like white hair or a beard.

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For those who don't enjoy winter, perhaps this joy eased their dislike, at least temporarily.

Who can deny the beauty?