View Full Version : A good matter and time to start?

12-16-2016, 11:07 AM
I was very captivated when I went out for some air this morning and saw this:

https://s25.postimg.org/688j8vi3f/1481882227952.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/688j8vi3f/)

In my backyard jardiniere. I thought it might be snowflake cores but there was no snow so far, as far as I know.

https://s25.postimg.org/xhjwndj6j/1481881687385.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/xhjwndj6j/)

Same thing on a stool made out of a tree stump. Notice that the flakes are around the bigger cracks where the wood is red-ish.

https://s25.postimg.org/44y417iaj/148188240786.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/44y417iaj/)

A curious spot on the ground where the soil has a similar hue. (Edit-the red hue is due to my phone camera sadly...)

And finally, I encountered this on another jardiniere:

https://s25.postimg.org/v9abjs1gb/1481885333981.jpg (https://postimg.org/image/v9abjs1gb/)

At this point I realized it isn't snowflake cores but more likely to be deposition-formed dew. I've gathered as much of it as I could and placed it in a sealed glass container. The Moon wasn't quite full last night, but it was pretty close to full. I plan to collect as much as I can after full Moon nights. Also, the backyard is on the north side of the house. I've searched the south side and couldn't find any flakes like these.

My question is: Is this a good matter to start with, even though it was gathered in winter?