Frosty Florida

January 23, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

The recent cold snap brought below freezing temps to parts of Northcentral Florida. We were on a trip early the other morning and came upon the beautiful sight of frozen blueberry bushes of Straughn Farms! A very rare and unusual sight for Floridians (but not for this Wisconsin girl).

They were sprinkling the bushes in an effort to protect the tender blossoms from the freezing temps that had creeped down from an arctic air mass. Don't despair! This is method many berry growers use to protect their crop when temperatures are expected to fall below freezing; however, this method can only work if that range doesn't fall below 24°f and if the grower keeps the ice wet. If the ice stays wet, it maintains a temp of 32°f and the precious contents encased within should not succomb to the nips of the falling frigid air around. 

With the rising sun, and the showers of the spraying sprinklers over the frozen berry bushes, it made for a magical little pitstop along the way, and I was lucky enough to have my drone with for this!

Click the images to open a larger version, and to see more in the Scenic Gallery.

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