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Rare 'frost flowers' bloom in the Shuswap

Salmon Arm resident D'Arcy McLeod photographed these beautiful 'frost flowers' last week just off the public wharf.
Image Credit: D'Arcy McLeod

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

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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