December 04, 2014 - 12:56 PM
SALMON ARM - Mother Nature sprouted some special flowers last week in Salmon Arm.
It’s a rare phenomenon, but when air is colder than ice on a lake, ‘frost flowers’ can grow. Those blossoms were captured by local resident D’Arcy McLeod.
“It was like a magic garden of flowers growing on the frozen lake,” McLeod says.
He noticed them about a kilometer off the public wharf in Salmon Arm Bay.
“They’re very pretty, delicate things,” he says.
The flowers are in fact ice crystals that form when moist vapour hits the cold air and condenses into icicles. Typically, there has to be little wind for the flowers to form.
With recent snowfall, McLeod says the ice garden has mostly vanished.
Image Credit: D'Arcy McLeod
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