Sunday, January 13, 2013

fabulous ice formations or those mole hills are good for something







we've had really mild temperatures so far in january, but a couple of days ago, it turned cold. it must have frozen at precisely the right pace for these amazing ice crystals to form on top of a fresh mole hill. i happened to notice it when i went out for a vitamin d walk when the sun peeked out for a few minutes the other day. i've never seen anything like them - like the water was forced up out of the ground as it contracted and froze and flash froze the water as well (you can tell i am a literature person and didn't pay attention in science class, but you can see what i mean in the photos). very grateful for my photo every day habit - it's what made me notice this at all.

6 comments:

celkalee said...

amazing! i have never seen anything like this. nasty little moles are good for this at least!

Kimberly said...

Those are some crazy wonderful shots of a rather rare occurrence, I'm guessing. Fascinating and wonderful mole splashings.

Sarah said...

So cool! They're called frost flowers, I think, and your supposedly non-scientific description is exactly right:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost_flower

Ms Dreamer said...

Yay for frost flowers!

Ms Dreamer said...

Yay for frost flowers!

Ms Dreamer said...

Yay for frost flowers!