The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 43 – The Frost Flower.







The Frost Flower, the extraordinary phenomenon when water freezes within a plant, and extrudes from it, literally blossoming from it into a complex ice flower.  They can form into solid sculpture-like flowers like the top photo or form whimsical, cotton candy-like formations (bottom).  However, on open oceans in the Arctic and North Pole region, when the air is extremely cold and dry, but colder than the water, in a complex iteration, the water moves from the ocean, into the dry air, and then descends again as ice, gradually forming frost flower arrangements, and the ocean blossoms in fields of frost flowers.
Other names for the frost flower are frost facesice castlesice blossoms or crystallofolia.
Frost flowers are usually very delicate and will break when touched and will also melt, fairy tale-like, with contact with the sun and so are usually visible in the early morning or in shaded areas.  However, some frost flower extrusions, like ice that cracks rock, are so powerful that they will rip the bark off of trees as they blossom!  
Examples of plants that often form frost flowers are white crownbeard, commonly called frostweed, and yellow ironweed.  They have also been observed growing from fallen branches of conifers.
The photo of the frosted rose is included merely because it is beautiful and shows another type of way frost can combine with flowers.
For vast, dazzling additional frost flower photos:
I was introduced to the existence of frost flowers by Mrs. Iris Bell, making this her third issue she was the source of the subject for (see Issues 6 and 7).  Thank you so much, Iris!
The Beautiful Project is 4 years old as of yesterday.  Many more beautiful issues to come!!!
Photo Credit for the above photos is, sequentially: the iconic first one, “The Frost Flower Of The Ozarks” (I call it), taken in the Ozark Mountains by: Marvin Smith, via Flickr; the following 2 of the Arctic and North Pole are by Matthias Wietz; The Ship In The Field Of Frost Flowers is by the SHEBA project of the University of Washington, the frosted rose is credited to the online business fwallpapers user ‘dan’ and the final gossamer-whimsical one is by Flickr user ‘markinspecx’.
Much research material for this issue came from or was paraphrased from the following articles: 
“Suddenly There’s A Meadow In The Ocean With ‘Flowers’ Everywhere” by Robert Krulwich –
Thank you to all.


Paul Daniel

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The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 35 – Valentine’s Day Itself!

The Beautiful Project – Issue No. 35 – Valentine’s Day Itself!


For love, I would circumnavigate the globe 1,000 times, if it were necessary.
The Kiss Young Persons In Love 1,000 Flowers
The beautiful thing of this Issue of The Beautiful Project, on Valentine’s Day weekend, the Sunday after Valentine’s Day, Friday, 2/14/14, is Valentine’s Day itself!  Unique among holidays, it is a day devoted to celebrating love, the supremely good response, with the focus being on romantic love.  It’s a good thing. Don’t you think it should be a planet-wide national holiday?  I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!!!!  Hugs!!!!! 
In celebration of Love – a great, but rarely heard today Love song/video, and two photos of people in love, and a symbol of Love.
Kenny Rogers (sumptuous live video) singing the ballad ‘Lady’ by Lionel Richie –
This video is also supremely important because, in an age where men are not encouraged to express their most human attributes, this video shows that a man can and should be strong, masculine and romantic and emotional, handsome and beautiful, at the same time.  That *is* normal and good.  Musically, and in many other ways, Kenny Rogers is one of my heroes, and role models.  All men can learn something important from him; he is an inspiration:  
He is the epitome of being both masculine and romantic.
And that can be seen in that video.  He shows us all, but especially men, in critical ways, how to be.
And for all the guys who wonder sometimes why I have so many girls in my life in different, but Always, good ways, this helps to answer their question; this is the kind of man I aspire to be.
The pics:
The Definitive Kiss of Prince Charming and Snow White from the TV show Once Upon a Time – and a kiss of two people in love (not a fairy tale : D).
See attached.
A photo I took of flowers, I call it ‘1,000 Flowers’.  Good gift to someone you like!
See attached.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everybody!  Keep the love and singing and music and beauty and peace going all year long and forever.  Love is for Always.  Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate it.
Let me know what you think of this Issue, and send me your own favorite Love photos, images, songs and other things.
The song can be purchased here:
All my best, with Tender, Loving Care,
Paul Daniel
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