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#1 Patrick Jenkins

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 05:18 PM

To get my health to where I needed it to be I started hiking in the woods behind my house. Eventually I started hiking the Elk game trails. One day last winter I went out hiking and it was cold outside, 27 degrees . Well I stared coming across these bizarre formations on certain trees.

From what I was able to find on the internet  it is called Hair Ice and it grows because of a fungi. The fungi only grows on certain decaying alder trees. The fungi forces the moisture out of the wood and with contact with the cold air it freezes. I have hundreds of pictures of it, way more than what is on the internet. It is very fragile and comes back every time it freezes. Some pieces I found are 8 feet long.

 

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#2 Techmonkey

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:35 AM

Wow that's really interesting!



#3 Patrick Jenkins

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 02:23 PM

Hello Techmonkey,

From what I could find on the internet it grows in Germany, Sweden, and the Pacific Northwest. I keep a small stick with it beside my house to let me know if it is growing. I want to do some time lapse pictures next year so people can see it grow besides myself. 



#4 Susan

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 01:57 PM

Cool!


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