Pearl Necklace or Frozen Spiderweb?

January 25, 2023


Photographer: Chris Kotsiopoulos 

Summary Authors: Chris Kotsiopoulos; Jim Foster

The frozen spiderweb above looks like it could be the design for a new pearl necklace. I noticed it after a night of thick fog and below-freezing temperatures where I live in Reading, England. By early morning the next day everything was transformed into a world of tiny ice crystals. I quickly retrieved my faithful Nikon D600 (DSLR) camera, put on a reverse lens for macro photography, and headed over to View Island, where I captured this photograph – I really like its simplicity.

The necklace’s icy look is a result of rime ice (hoar frost), which forms when the atmosphere is much colder than the surface, when water vapor is plentiful and when supersaturation of water molecules in the atmosphere is high. These criteria were met on this foggy morning. Click here to see more such photos – all were taken on December 11, 2022.


Caversham, Reading, U.K. Coordinates: 51.4681022, -0.9738896

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