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Folklore, Science or God?

Updated on February 28, 2011

In British Isles folklore, Jack Frost appears as an elfish creature who personifies crisp, cold, winter weather, a variant of Old Man Winter. Some believe this representation originated in Germanic folklore specifically in the Anglo-Saxon and Norse winter customs.[1][2][3][4]

Tradition holds Jack Frost responsible for leaving frosty crystal patterns on windows on cold mornings (window frost or fern frost).

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I beg to differ.  I have heard so much lately about how we are unplanned happenings formed by happenstance and evolved through time.  My nemesis on the belief in God , and good friend, Qwark of Hub Page’s fame, loves to spend his time “proving” there is no God or no one god, I can’t remember now, but we hit this ball back and to every once in awhile, always agreeing to disagree .

I took these pictures a couple of years ago when winter was whipping my spirit into a state of cursing the weather, the snow, the ice and all that goes with an Iowa winter.  It comes every year, this weather, no surprise.  Yet I and thousands of other Mid-westerners moan, groan and complain our way through these months vowing to move as soon as weather permits.

As I grow older and am trying to develop an appreciation for wrinkles, sagging skin and other facts of my “evolving” body, I have widened this new found perspective to the world around me as well.  It’s amazing what you see when looking through a different eye.  As I admire the beauty of these crystal patterns, I see a gift from God sent to soothe my soul and remind me that there is beauty in all of His plans.  Now you can explain every scientific reason in the world why this beauty appeared on my windows on a particular evening when my mood was low and I was feeling very alone and I’ll smile at you and agree to disagree as I do with Qwark.   But personally, I will take this gift with gratitude and a knowing in my spirit that this was not an accident … and I have earned every one of my wrinkles.  They are mine and I offer no apologies ... as a matter of fact, in a certain light they are quite beautiful.

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  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Oh, kind sir, it is you who teaches me with every stroke of your pen how to think, see and relate. As always, your presence is very welcome and your constant compliments threaten to give me an ego the size of the universe!

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    epigramman 

    7 years ago

    ....back to revisit the classics - and no wonder the epi-man is so fired up these days - hanging out with incredible writers and thinkers like you is bound to influence and inspire those of us who always enjoy your provocative and profound essays on life, living and what it all means .....

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    epigramman - an honor to see you here sir! Yes, I do see things differently than others sometimes. The picture with the red background is the police cruiser that stopped to see what was going on because he saw all these flashes of light going off. I explained it was just the flash on my camera and I was photographing the frost and ice and he just shook his head and left. ha ha ha I'm the town nut for sure now ... oh well, could be worse than a nut!

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    epigramman 

    7 years ago

    ....well art is what you make of it ......and I certainly see great art here ... courtesy of your perception, sensitivity and obvious intelligence - and did I mention .... good taste!!!

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    SomewayOuttaHere 

    7 years ago from TheGreatGigInTheSky

    ...beautiful pics of frost you captured...i haven't seen frost like that in a long time...i forgot...thanks for the reminder...it's funny how some event, something, or someone...just seems to show up when you least expect it...like as if they know...or it feels like some kind of sign or gesture...all at the perfect moment....and meant just for you....too bad it didn't happen more often...but..then again, we just might not really see or notice, if it happened more often....

    ...catching up on my reading...yor busy!...good for you!...i think i've told you that before when i got behind :)

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    Isn't it just fantastic? I have seen some before but nothing like these and you can't see the actual detail on Hub Pages but the actual digital pictures are just awesome. And it did come on an evening when I was very very sad. It was like discovering a hug from Heaven. ;)

  • stars439 profile image

    stars439 

    7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    I have never seen anything so wonderful and beautiful, and so like miraculous. You have more proof positive that God is real. God Bless You Precious Heart.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    I know where that is and my husband lived in Cedar Rapids for many years before we met. Small world!

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I lived north of Cedar Rapids, near the little town of Coggon.

  • Poohgranma profile imageAUTHOR

    Poohgranma 

    7 years ago from On the edge

    We live in a tiny little town about 27 miles south west of Iowa City. I spent a few years in Ft. Madison and quite a few more in Burlington.

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    WillStarr 

    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I grew up in Iowa and I was fascinated as a child by the ice formations on our windows when the temperature dropped into the teens and lower.

    What part of Iowa do you call home?

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    qwark 

    7 years ago

    Hi Pooh:

    Agreed! They are beautiful!

    "My nemesis on the belief in God , and good friend, Qwark of Hub Page’s fame, loves to spend his time “proving” there is no God or no one god,..."

    Pooh, Ya've got me wrong, I NEVER, NEVER, try to prove there is no god!

    I can't prove anything about something that can't be defined as anything but an "opinion."

    If I tried, I would be guilty of being involved in an exercise in futility!

    Only a fool would try...and I don't consider myself to be one...:-)

    Yes! We are beautiful! Wrinkles and all! :-)

    Qwark

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