Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday Snapshot: Ice Needles in the Garden

Ice needles in the garden.
This time of year finds Jack Frost making nightly visits. Yet, the wonders he works at the farm are impressive indeed. We can't start work until about 9am because his frosty paint is still too fresh. Shortly after, though, we crunch our way out to harvest a few leaves from the greenhouse or under the row covers. And what we often see all around and underfoot are these lovely little ice needles or shimobashira in Japanese. As the ground freezes, the water is drawn up and out of the soil where it freezes in the colder air.

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