Hair Ice Is Absolutely Gorgeous

@Corbin5 (123374)
United States
December 7, 2018 9:44am CST
I have never seen hair ice, but I would like to. "Frost ice" and "frost beard" are other names for hair ice. Hair ice has a shape that looks like hair that is very fine and delightfully silky. The rotting wood of broad-leaved trees is where hair ice forms. The formation of hair ice is due to a fungus that goes by the name of Exidiopsis effusa. Hair ice is very rare, however, it can be seen in Europe, Asia, and North America. Hair ice is quite lovely with its curls and waves. Of course, hair ice, which is composed of thin strands of ice, is quite fragile. On a very, very cold day, I hope to take a walk in our village's Twin Lakes Park to see if I can find some hair ice to enjoy. Photo: Kostian - self-made by Kostian Originally from wikipedia 2006-08-26 18:58
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@moffittjc (47555)
• Gainesville, Florida
8 Dec
Is that really ice in the photo? It looks like Santa's beard!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I thought it looked like Santa's beard too!! Yes, very thin, very fragile ice it is.
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@moffittjc (47555)
• Gainesville, Florida
9 Dec
@Corbin5 What causes the ice to form that way?
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
9 Dec
@moffittjc It is all due to a fungus. Those who know all things nature state that: "The fungus leads to a process called 'ice segregation'. When water present in the wood freezes it creates a barrier that traps liquid between the ice and the pores of the wood. This creates a suction force which pushes water out of the pores to the edge of the ice surface where it freezes and extends outwards. As this repeats it pushes a thin 'hair' of ice out of the wood which is around 0.01 mm in diameter."
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@Courage7 (22080)
• United States
7 Dec
Lovely much better than hair lice lol
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
I was thing the same while writing this post. Brilliant minds think alike!!
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@Courage7 (22080)
• United States
7 Dec
@Corbin5 Haha see that Deborah yes they do and we do
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
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• Preston, England
7 Dec
it sounds impressive - actually thought of my beard freezing from the title brrrr
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
I think hair ice looks like Santa Claus's beard. A frozen beard has to be quite uncomfortable.
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• Preston, England
8 Dec
@Corbin5 yes that would be horrible
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@allknowing (73382)
• India
7 Dec
I have yet to experience any kind of ice and so any ice would be gorgeous to me
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
It is so fragile, yet so beautiful.
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@LadyDuck (189328)
• Switzerland
7 Dec
This looks beautiful, I have never seen, but making a trip up in the mountain this winter I hope to be able to see something like this.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
I do hope you do get a change to see some hair ice. There are have fallen broadleaf trees in one very large park here, and I am going to take a stroll this winter and see if hair ice is around.
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@LadyDuck (189328)
• Switzerland
8 Dec
@Corbin5 I can check the local park before climbing up, it is cold and humid some winter morning, may be I can be lucky.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
@LadyDuck Wishing you the best of luck, my friend!
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@tech40 (10574)
• Philippines
7 Dec
Wow this is the first time I heard about hair ice but it looks like beautiful and in the same time incredible
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
Those thin strands of ice remind of of Santa Claus's beard.
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@tech40 (10574)
• Philippines
8 Dec
@Corbin5 Is that breakable?
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
@tech40 Oh yes, it is so thin and fragile that it breaks easily.
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• Pamplona, Spain
8 Dec
Never seen that in real life only on that image. Looks lovely though. Seen plenty of black ice in England and lots of frozen iced over Snow.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I am going to look for some now that I know it exists. In winter, here in the Chicago area, Lake Michigan can look like this:
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• Pamplona, Spain
9 Dec
@Corbin5 When I had to walk quite a few miles in the freezing cold i have seen something like that on very old buildings over in England.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
9 Dec
@lovinangelsinstead21 It is a wondrous sight to see.
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@CarolDM (9328)
• United States
7 Dec
That is really beautiful. Would love to find some in my yard.
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@CarolDM (9328)
• United States
7 Dec
@Corbin5 When the temperatures get a little warmer I will start the search.
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@CarolDM (9328)
• United States
7 Dec
@CarolDM Good news. I have a couple on this list. Here is a list of some broadleaf trees.... Red maple tree (Acer rubrum) Japanese maple tree (Acer palmatum, etc.) Oak tree (Quercus rubra) Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) Poplar tree (Populus nigra) Loropetalum shrubs Oakleaf hydrangea shrub (Hydrangea quercifolia) Bottlebrush shrub (Fothergilla gardenii) Burning bush shrub (Euonymus alata) Sumac shrub (Rhus glabra, etc.)
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
@CarolDM Well, thank you!!! Now I know what to look for!!!
8 Dec
Wow. That looks beautiful. Hoping to see one in the near future. lol
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I would love to see some. I will go to the park that has trails to walk and see if I can spot some.
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9 Dec
@Corbin5 Yay! Do not forget to share some photos with us
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
9 Dec
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@nela13 (10346)
• Portugal
7 Dec
I have never seen it, is it really made of ice or is just a name due to its color?
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
Yes, it is real ice, very thin and very fragile ice.
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@nela13 (10346)
• Portugal
9 Dec
@Corbin5 It is really amazing but I guess It must be really cold.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
9 Dec
@nela13 Yes, very, very cold.
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@HazySue (24694)
• United States
7 Dec
It does look just like hair. Can you imagine building a Mrs. Frosty and using it? How beautiful. I would love to see it in person.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
7 Dec
Oh my, hair ice on a Mrs. Frosty would be lovely.
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@HazySue (24694)
• United States
8 Dec
@Corbin5 She would be the most beautiful snowperson around.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
@HazySue I think so too!
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@just4him (132954)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Dec
It does look very pretty, almost like Santa's beard. I wonder if he has hair ice.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
11 Dec
We need to check that out. However, if we peek at Santa, no gifts for us!
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@just4him (132954)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
11 Dec
@Corbin5 I know, darn!
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@rebelann (43747)
• El Paso, Texas
8 Dec
Dang, out this way there's no way I'll ever get to see any of that.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
11 Dec
Yes, your area definitely would be free of hair ice.
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@rebelann (43747)
• El Paso, Texas
12 Dec
I'm not unhappy about that either @Corbin5 but I'm glad someone got a photo of it.
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@Shiva49 (14570)
• Singapore
8 Dec
I have no chance of seeing it as I am in tropical Asia - siva
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@Shiva49 (14570)
• Singapore
9 Dec
@Corbin5 Nature enthralls us all the time - siva
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@arunima25 (10278)
• Bangalore, India
8 Dec
The pic looks gorgeous. Interesting fact. I have never heard or seen them before. I could feel my hair freezing.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I bet you could feel your hair freezing. I am going to watch out for some hair ice when I go to the parks this winter.
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@arunima25 (10278)
• Bangalore, India
8 Dec
@Corbin5 Hope you get to see them and share some more interesting pictures.
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• Nigeria
8 Dec
I would love to see and even touch something like this. It's amasing!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I will try and find some in one of the parks here. It is below-freezing right now, so I just may find some hair ice.
• Nigeria
9 Dec
@Corbin5 Oh good. Happy Sunday.
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@fluffy69 (267)
8 Dec
Hahhaha is it soft to the touch?
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
It would be cold to the touch and stiff. One touch would probably break it.
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@fluffy69 (267)
12 Dec
@Corbin5 oh my. Very thin or brittle indeed,
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@Morleyhunt (19329)
• Canada
8 Dec
I misread your title. I saw Head Lice........and thought.....what?!?!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
I know!! A few responses had that thought that expressed too.
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@Morleyhunt (19329)
• Canada
8 Dec
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@JudyEv (142362)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 Dec
Wow, that is incredible. I've never heard of it before.
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
It is such a lovely display. I will be on the lookout for hair ice now.
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@JudyEv (142362)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec
@Corbin5 It is really beautiful. I hope you find some.
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• United States
8 Dec
That's very cool, so interesting!!
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@Corbin5 (123374)
• United States
8 Dec
Quite lovely sight hair ice happens to be.
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• United States
8 Dec
@Corbin5 It definitely looks like it!!
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