|December 2015 string phenomenon|
Okay, another mystery to be solved. Has anyone else seen this phenomenon?
We marveled and we questioned and we wondered.
We conjectured. Maybe the strings resulted from a brave spider attempting to spin a web on a cold morning. But then again, maybe not. For if that were the case, wouldn't we find a design more like this?
|icy spider web: google images|
|hair ice: google images|
Nor are they frost flowers, something else I'm learning about...
|frost flower: google images|
... nor hoar frost...
|hoar frost: google images|
...or rime ice.
|rime ice: google images|
Did you know there were so many variations--and names--of ice creations? I sure didn't, and I still don't understand much about what makes them different. But isn't the subject intriguing?
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The phenomenon found in our yard was certainly not as dramatic as any of the above. Simple strings and threads don't catch the eye with as much beauty and wonder. But still, look what happened. The discovery prompted exploration into a new subject and led to some delightful photos and wondrous images.
What is the name of my local phenomenon? I'll probably never know for certainty. But think of it: ice strings, kite strings, stringing words together--don't they all have something in common? Discovery and delight in the journey. Exploration of the unusual. A reminder to keep your eyes open and notice details. A prompt to let out a little more string on your kite!
Any discoveries you've come across lately that have helped you do this?