Cold weather rewards:
I love those little towers of ice extruded from the soil during a mild frost.
I say ‘extruded’ because they are all topped with a little crown of soil (or an acorn), indicating that they have been pushed up.
Perhaps when the ground freezes and the water expands into ice, it can only go up, slowly building overnight?
Near running water, these little sculptures grows to an inch or two before curling over under their own weight (or perhaps in the wind?).
The delicate structure suggest that strands of ice rise from individual soil pores and grow together…
…but if there is anybody reading this who actually knows how they come into being, please get in touch.