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A closer look at frostweed ice

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When I went out on the freezing morning of January 7th, it was to find “conventional” ice formations like the icicles and freezing creek you’ve already seen here and that many of you know so well from living in places with cold winters. To my pleasant surprise, I was also rewarded with dozens of frostweed plants, Verbesina virginica, that were doing their ice trick. Even though I’d taken lots of pictures of that when the temperature dropped below freezing exactly one month earlier, I couldn’t resist the chance to take another round of photographs of the strange phenomenon. I chose today’s view from the January 7th session because it’s unlike the one I’ve already showed from the December 7th outing. In particular it’s a lot closer, so you can see more details in the striations of the ice. If frostweed ice is new to you or you’d like a refresher, you can follow the last link to find out how this ice gets created.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 5, 2014 at 5:57 AM

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