During a recent hike in the Trout Lake area, north of Harrison Hot Springs, Fraser Valley photographer Ryan Kehler spotted a somewhat rare gathering of fine filaments of ice on a branch.
According to The Smithsonian, this “angel hair frost” or “hair ice” has been studied for more than a century.
Hair ice is most commonly found between the 45th and 55th parallel on a cold morning. Although it’s not completely clear why the ice forms white, hair-like filaments, scientists believe hair ice is formed on wood surfaces through a phenomenon known as ice segregation.
This happens when liquid water in wood pores freezes when it comes into contact with cold air, creating icy surface that holds a thin film of water between the ice and the wood.
Intermolecular forces push the water toward the ice, creating the thin ice filaments springing from the wood.
Hair ice is extremely fragile and melts quickly under the sun, making this capture all the more unique.
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