The incredible frost flowers …

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Shared by Bear Tales follower Hilary.

“The images of nature, especially when frost is involved, are too wonderful to describe. Flower “The Incredible Frost Flower” was sent in by Sophie from South Africa.

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It is as beautiful as it is rare. A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.

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Conditions have to be just so … for frost flowers to form. Early winter is the optimum time to come across them … as although the weather conditions must be freezing it is vital that the ground is not, so water can be sucked up in the stem.

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As the temperature gets to freezing or just below, the sap in the stem of the plants will expand. As it does so, the…

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