About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Photo Share: Feathered frost

 Do you know what kind of ice this is?
This deposit of ice crystals is known as Hoarfrost and sometimes is so thick that it might look like snow. Hoarfrost crystals form in the winter like dew would form in the spring. When a lot of water is in the air from melting snow during a couple sunny days and then temperatures drop from above to below freezing overnight, frost forms. A fast freezing rate can produce numerous smaller interlocking ice crystals, that look like a downy feather pillow exploded.

Good observation! If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com with a description and permission to post it on the Friday Photo.

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