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Hair Ice
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Dubyadee
Puyallup, Washington, USA
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January 23, 2021 - 4:12 pm

I found some hair ice today.  Temperature dropped to the twenties overnight and hair ice can be found on decaying deciduous branches laying on the ground.

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John S
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January 25, 2021 - 4:53 pm

Super cool.

John S
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Reinettes
Lewis Co., WA
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January 26, 2021 - 3:03 pm

Excellent photo Dubyadee!  After a freezing night, I love to stroll in our woods with the dog and see things like this.  It's sorta like a little cotton candy machine of ice.  (No calories!)

I'm not fond of the cold, but there are wintertime sights that will always give me a sense of wonder.  In this case I understand how the strands are made, but some of the ice patterns on the surfaces of puddles, or even on a car windshield, are so incredibly ornate and exquisite that I can never lose that child-like fascination, awe, wonder, and appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.  

Reinettes.

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Reinettes
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February 3, 2021 - 6:20 pm

Sorry for the interruption, folks, but I just ran across this on the BBC and it well illustrates what I was talking about in my previous utterances:

<https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-sc.....58&gt;

A photographer in the Scottish Highlands who apparently sees the world as I do. Smile

Reinettes.

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John S
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February 5, 2021 - 10:06 am

page can not be found.

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Reinettes
Lewis Co., WA
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February 7, 2021 - 4:23 pm

What a doggone BUMMER!  I also forwarded the site to my wife's account and she saw it and really liked it.  I just don't get it!  On the BBC site I'm also getting a 404  error code, and all sorts of search words are failing to excavate it.  

Doggone internet!  I prefer etchings on rocks.  THEY at least seem to last awhile.

Reinettes.

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Crankyankee
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February 7, 2021 - 8:09 pm

The page is still there, the link above had an extraneous '&gt'.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-sc.....s-55886758

Here is the twitter page of the same photographer, Lisa Wood, with more photos

Zone 6a in the moraines of eastern Connecticut.

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GH
Battle Ground, WA
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February 8, 2021 - 6:26 pm

That photographer is certainly talented - those are beautiful pictures.

I have never seen hair ice.  Since we're in for a cold snap, this week might be a good time to do some searching.

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Reinettes
Lewis Co., WA
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February 10, 2021 - 2:31 pm

Crankyankee -- Thank you so VERY much for pulling those up for others to see!  There's nothing worse than wanting to share something wonderful with others and then... nothin'!....

GH -- If we get the kind of week(-end) that the all-knowing meteorologists are predicting, your best chance of seeing hair ice is to wander into the woods where there are dead, fallen branches and twigs laying about on the ground.  I hope that you see some.  I don't like the cold.  I don't like freezing weather.  But there are some wonders that you can only see in the crisp, briskness of wintertime. Smile

Reinettes.

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