Bouquets of Frost

Frost Flower 2014

Frost flowers 7 2014

Frost Flowers 2 2014

Frost flowers 3 2014

These astonishing whorls of ice are formed as the sap in the grasses and weeds freezes and bursts from the plant membranes to be squeezed into the frigid temperatures.

Due to our warm autumn, the plants had not gone completely dormant, so they were still filled with moisture. A perfect situation for the drop in temperature to cause these beautiful frost flowers to form.

Each is delicate and fragile. A mere touch can cause them to shatter. And a few moments of sun can cause them to just evaporate into the cold air.

Magical!

ephemeral, delicate beauty
swirled from winters touch
to blossom in the cold morning air

11 thoughts on “Bouquets of Frost

  1. Steve S. led me here and my life is better for it. šŸ˜‰ These are astonishing! Wow, I’m not sure it does life any justice to say it’s magical, as if to say life mimics magic…ha… Great job, and eye, finding these and sharing with us. (I think it’s funny to think of it as magic because really it’s just life doing its thing, flowing and freezing…and all that…)

    Cheers! šŸ˜€

  2. I am sure you meant Steve S. rather than Steve G., but I came along for the ride to see your frost flower frost. Nice. And thanks for reminding me to visit my local frost flower plants to see if I can find a little of the same.

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