Monthly Archives: November 2013

Frost Flowers

On Thanksgiving Day I was out with Colin and James Tindal playing disc golf in the woods at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro, TN. My drive on hole #4 happened to land near two frost flowers. We stopped to appreciate these ephemeral beauties, then continued on with our round. I haven’t seen this phenomenon very often, so I thought I would share.

Frost flowers aren’t flowers, they are ice – but still a biological artifact. They require unfrozen ground, plant stems that have not frozen, and air temperatures below freezing. These perfect conditions allow ground moisture to move up the plant stem through capillary action and extrude under pressure through splits the freezing causes in the stem. This is the result:

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