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My amazing frost photos - They are called frost flowers - Thanks Alder B  RSS feed

 
Dale Hodgins
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This is the most amazing frost I've ever seen.

It grows best on dead branches that sit slightly above ground level,  that are half rotted and saturated with water.

We had three days that where a few degrees above freezing, followed by quite cold,  clear nights.
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These are called frost flowers. A google of this term will bring up a bunch of cool photos. I think they can occur anywhere it freezes, but I've certainly never seen any that big. I'm used to seeing them from the stems of recently cut or recently frosted weeds and stout perennials, early in the winter while there is still some sap in them. And one has to get up early to see them....once the sun is on them they quickly melt or evaporate away.....
 
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I'm almost never at the property during freezing weather. So,  for all I know, I may have frost flowers every winter. I'm going to try setting up the perfect conditions for this,  when I'm back on a cold day.

Found one more picture on my phone. Next time we do a calendar, these things will be submitted. My good camera should surpass these cell phone shots.
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I returned to the property yesterday. Warm days and cold nights.
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These are probably the last frost flowers for this year. We did not get frost last night.

 I've determined that they develop on the same pieces of wood every night. Half rotted and saturated pieces of alder are the main producer. The largest one where my hand is showing, bridges a small depression. Wet wood in full contact with the ground, doesn't always get cold enough.
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