Beauty is a fragile gift.
|Beauty that left us breathless.|
Looking like a horse's mane, this exquisite formation is known as silk frost, hair ice, or needle ice. Not technically frost, these delicate and silvery strands of ice grow out of the pores of barkless wood on the forest floor. But only under very special conditions.
When the temperature is low and the humidity is high, supercooled water is pushed out through the pores in the wood, and just like our human hair, the strands grow outwards. We were fortunate to see this one because they don't last long. I placed my finger near the ends of the strands and even without actually touching them, they began to melt from the radiated warmth of my body.
|The surreal beauty of frozen water.|