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.