Over the weekend, my mom stumbled upon some frost flowers on her farm in the Ozarks. I had never even heard of them, but they are fascinating. The “flowers” are actually ice extruded from the stems of certain plant species — but they only last until the sun comes up when they melt.
These formations occur when the air temperature reaches freezing before the ground is frozen. Water in the plant escapes through tiny cracks in the plant and then freeze in gorgeous, strange shapes.
photos via Science Friday
via Science Friday