Frosty!

Last week, when it was super-cold and I was out playing with frozen bubbles (and making sure the car started), I sought refuge from the wind in the garage.

I noticed a pretty cool phenomenon when I looked down at the floor.

Thought I’d share the photographs today.

So Pretty!

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What is it?

Is it some kind of coral?

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Nope, not coral!

These are crystal formations.

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It’s not something I’ve ever noticed before… that could be because I haven’t lived anywhere (recently) that normally has temps that drop so far below zero.

Apparently the below-zero temps encouraged the formation of crystals from the freezing of the saline brine the city puts on the streets in snow/ice conditions. The salt in the brine causes the freezing point of the water to drop significantly from the normal freezing point (+32F) of plain water.

Anyway, the brine-solution dripped off the car, hit the floor and as the temps dropped, the crystals appeared!

Beauty can appear in so many unexpected places!

Have a great week!