I have been getting these ice formations on my gate now year after year and never thought much about it until someone asked me and I couldn’t even tell her what they are called… I live on Vancouver Island in BC Canada which is a fairly moist climate, it’s about -5 Celsius (23 Fahrenheit) when these start to form.
Ice circles are a natural anomaly known to rarely occur in very cold climates. Scientists speculate that they are formed from whirlpools that rise to the surface and then freeze in the shape of a perfect circle. The largest reported ice circle was measured at 150 meters in diameter.
A frost flower is created on autumn or early winter mornings when ice in extremely thin layers is pushed out from the stems of plants or occasionally wood. This extrusion creates wonderful patterns which curl and fold into gorgeous frozen petioles giving this phenomenon both its name and its appearance.
This is fascinating. Russian family who lived in complete isolation for 40 yrs, didn't know about WW2: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/For-40-Years-This-Russian-Family-Was-Cut-Off-From-Human-Contact-Unaware-of-World-War-II-188843001.html
Invisibliity Cloak by HyperStealth Biotechnology, Guy Cramer: Quantum Stealth material bends light waves around the subject and removes visual, infrared (night vision), and thermal signatures and works without cameras, batteries, or mirrors. Click through to the video! #Biotech #Invisiblilty_Cloak #Quantum_Stealth Functional prototype was shown to both U.S. and Canadian military.
Blue Dragon Nudibranch. They feed on the poisonous Man of War Jellyfish, collecting the animal's toxins and storing them in little sacs on the end of their feather-like "fingers." The Blue Dragon can produce a much more powerful and deadly sting than the Man of War due to its ability to store the poison.
Texas Ocelot -- A sleek, elusive, knock-your-socks off beautiful wild cat. A sub-species of the South American Ocelot. The Texas Ocelot hovers on the brink of extinction with only an estimated 100-150 cats in the wild. National Geographic has great article Last One in Jan. 2009 issue on the Endangered Species Act. #Recipes