Ice was nice!

Before these pictures become just a distant memory here’s a post about an amazing icy experience: freezing rain or ‘pluie verglaçante’.

Something I have perhaps seen in the Vosges mountains of Alsace many years ago, but would never have expected in Brittany.

Freezing rain is the name given to rain maintained at temperatures below freezing by the ambient air mass that causes freezing on contact with surfaces. Unlike a mixture of rain and snow, ice pellets, or sleet, freezing rain is made entirely of liquid droplets.

More simply, as the rain touched a surface, be it plant, plastic, metal or tarmac the whole became encased in a perfectly clear, beautiful layer of ice.

Apparently to form a snow crystal there needs to be a speck of something for the crystal/snowflake to form around, whereas freezing rain is absolutely ‘pure’ water…

The world was transformed!

Oak twigs
Rose shoots and rosehips
Rhododendron and Lilac buds
Catkins on Hazel
Teasel seedhead
Camellia icicles and Camellia ice d leaf as it thawed
Cut glass crystal? No, frozen water butt and rectangular ice that fell from the telephone lines!

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