We have one of those round, black, plastic compost bins, where we collect all our organic waste from the kitchen. Little by little the waste is turned into wonderful fertilizing stuff for our roses and other plants, producing heat and water vapour during the process, – and sometimes it also smells a little, which is why emptying the kitchen bin is not one of my favourite tasks.
This January I was all alone in the house for some weeks, so I just had to do it myself whether I liked it or not.
On opening the bin, I was very surprised to see a thick, white layer on the inside of the plastic lid:
At the first glimpse I thought it might perhaps be mould, but soon realized it was a thick layer of frost.
The long ice crystals were organized in a spiralling pattern.
Around the edges there were lots of quite large, flat growths, – very thin and brittle.
A very beautiful sight in a very unexpected place, and quite a reward for doing an unpopular task.