As I drove to school this morning I was rather puzzled to see some bushes beside the road absolutely smothered in heavy icicles while all the surrounding plants were ice-free. I didn’t have time to stop but I figured that with the current persistent freezing temperatures there was a good chance they’d still being there when I drove home this afternoon. My theory was right and when I stopped nearby at 4.30pm they were still very much there. I can’t quite figure out why the icicles have formed here in such isolation, leaving no visible clues as to their origin. Perhaps there is a previously unidentified meteorological phenomenon at work in the Sussex countryside! I didn’t hang around taking photos for long as it’s a busy road and the light was fading fast – my sense of self preservation was stronger than my desire for photographic perfection. However, I think I’ve managed to capture this peculiar sight – perhaps someone in Photoblogland may be able to suggest a reason for this bizarre sight.....
Helen, we saw these yesterday morning along theback road to Stansted House. We too were puzzled, but then realised that there was a large amount of water laying on the edge of the road, possibly a leaking water pipe. As the vehicles were driving thro the water it was being sprayed up onto the bushes and freezing immediately, making the bush look white and producing the icicles.
Kay · 2012-02-09: 17:30
oh wow!! it must have snowed liquid nitrogen or something! haha
Here's the story: one day there was a lonely tree and a lonely puddle of water. After being able to communicate through the mist and the sky they decided to be joined forever as one. And so the cars came and helped the water grow on the tree and so they were happy until the sun came. The end!
????? · 2012-02-09: 23:12
An extraordinary series! A mysterious and dreamlike world;
But pay attention on you Helen :)
It's so amazing when that happens! You managed to get some good shots of it too! Water and freezing temperatures can make some very interesting ice formations! The mystery was already solved by Dan the Man, but is a wonder of nature all the same.