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David Cook
David Cook

Wow, that's an amazing picture; hard to believe it's a real place

Chrissy Lark
Chrissy Lark

I think this is second part of  Penitent Snow . It is really look like a large army is marching somewhere. Just need a artistic look.

Chrissy Lark
Chrissy Lark

Frozen bloom I name it. Wonderful nature fantastic it's creation.

Chrissy Lark
Chrissy Lark

At first look I thought it was some kind of flower and the whole picture was a brush painting. After read description I was..... Nice picture though 


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Diksha Chhetri
Diksha Chhetri

Wow for the icy bloom. Never seen anything like that in real life. Simply beautiful.

Victoria Giltug
Victoria Giltug

How did you come up with this name? Glacial Army?

Sincerely,

Victoria Giltug

jim adams
jim adams

30 or so years ago, when i went into the woods edge at sunrise, there were a whole bunch of frost flowers rising above the roots of a mint of some sort.  I was told that -- in the fall -- the top of the plant dies, but the root doesn't yet.  And like plant roots every where, these roots accumulate water and pressurize it enough to move that water to the top of the plant.


Then, during the first moderate frost of the winter, the water pressure is enough to ooze out of the broken capillaries of the dead mint stem and freeze at the surface.  If conditions are just right, the water oozes and freezes at just the right rate to create these delicate frost flowers.  The ones i saw disappeared/thawed just after the first sunlight touched them.

Is this a correct perspective?  I don't know, but it is the best explanation i've yet run into that explains the phenomenon of frost flowers.

Wang Xiao Pang
Wang Xiao Pang

The only thing I want to say is that nature is the greatest artist.

Jane Lee
Jane Lee expert

@Victoria Giltug Some of the reports I read about these penitents referred to them as an army marching across the snow - I was trying to go for some variety in the picture names.

Jane Lee
Jane Lee expert

@jim adams I'm not sure about the plant dying but the roots remaining intact, but the process of freezing and extruding ice sounds similar to what I've heard from researchers.

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