While our friends from Southern Hemisphere enjoy their hot or humid summer, the Northern Hemisphere is entertained by the beauty of the winter.
As always, in Canada, winter comes as an all-inclusive package: with squalls, and snow, with frigid temperatures, and sun; all winter activities are in full swing by now, you name them!
One of the entertainments I always wonder about is the fern frost, known as ice flowers.
The appearance of ice flowers on the windows is determined by several factors, including temperature and humidity in the air.
The humidity is the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere that can vary with temperature. It is interesting to note that hot air can accumulate more water than the cold air.
When hot and humid air comes in contact with a cold surface, water in the air condenses on the cold surface, so small drops of water will form on the cold object. If the window is very cold, droplets will freeze, causing the appearance of ice formations, like ice flowers.
Ice is water frozen into a solid state. Depending on the presence of impurities, it can appear transparent, or more or less opaque. Ice may be in any one of the 19 known solid crystalline phases of water, depending on temperature and pressure.
There were some theories, such as of the Japanese businessman and pseudo-scientist Masaru Emoto, who claimed that human consciousness could affect the molecular structure of water.
Either on the oceans, rivers, lakes, land or other structures, ice is found in many forms as glaze, snow, hail, pellets, rime, pancake or frazil ice, etc.
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“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer” – Albert Camus