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The Radiating Beauty of Wheel Icicles

Thursday 01.23.2014 , Posted by
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In the frigid lands of the great white north, when the temperatures are just the right kind of cold, strange things can happen on the roads. No, I’m not talking about sliding into giant snow drifts, or even driving on a frozen lake… I’m talking about the beautiful phenomenon of wheel icicles.

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With half melted droplets of water landing on the central hub of a wheel, they are flung outward in straight lines or curving arcs – something that would go totally unnoticed in warmer areas. Here however, the freezing temperatures won’t let the drops escape and create long icicles radiating from the wheels center and lug nuts. The result is a beautiful testament to driving in challenging conditions.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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