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Driving to work early on a bitterly cold morning we started lamenting about the trash along the road... it looked like a bunch of shredded white plastic bags that went on for miles... We said things like 'What a mess'... 'Thats gonna be a heck of a job to clean up' ... thinking it just came out of someones truck... I described the 'mess' to my boss at work and she laughed and said 'Noooo.. those are just frost flowers' and i said 'Noooo... it was trash!' and she said 'Noooo... ' well you get the idea...
When hubby picked me up from work i told him and he said 'Noooo.....' lol So we slowed down and looked closer.... 'Noooo... thats shredded plastic bags.....' Finally we found a safe place to pull over and not until we walked over and touched them did we realized it was ice and not plastic.. Neither one of us had ever seen that. They are amazing and now that i know they are not trash .. they are beautiful.
"Frost flowers" are ribbons of frozen sap that form at the bases of certain plants during the first hard freezes in fall.
When do they appear?
Frost flowers occur only in late fall after the first few hard freezes and while the ground is still warm.
Their season is brief, and they disappear quickly on the day they occur, melting like frost when the air warms or rays of sunlight fall on the delicate structures.
How do they form?
While the plants’ stems are ruptured by the first hard freeze, the root system is still sending up plant sap from the warmer ground. The sap pushes through the broken stem and freezes on contact with the cold air. As more saps moves up, it forces the freezing stream of white ice crystals into ornate, folded ribbons that look like petals, puffs of cotton candy, or snarls of white thread.
Just amazing and now i'm curious... have you ever experienced this phenomenon ? Hugs! deb