Ever wonder what happens to a bubble when it’s exposed to extremely cold temperatures? Thanks to Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly, we have the answer.
It turns out that the soapy orbs crystallize when faced with freezing temperatures from around nine to 16 degrees Fahrenheit, morphing into fragile, glass-like sculptures.
Kelly photographed the results of her quirky experiment in a series of ethereal bubble shots, motivated by the power of simple curiosity.
Together with her 7-year-old son, Kelly combined the home-based remedies – dish soap, karo syrup, and water – and went out to blow bubbles and take pictures as they freeze and melt.
Angela snapped photos as the frost created intricate designs in the larger bubbles…
…while the smaller ones froze and shattered as they hit the ground.
Before the sun came up, they would freeze entirely and behave as though they were made of glass.
But after the sun came up, the tops of the bubbles would defrost.
Sometimes, in limbo between freezing and thawing, the bubbles would collapse in upon themselves and create bizarre shapes.
If you’re interested in doing something like this yourself, she says that you’ll likely need “shaded areas if you want to observe entire bubbles transform into solid masses and sunny areas if you want to watch what happens to a partially frozen bubble.”
“Simply put, I want to encourage others to slow down and appreciate the little things,” she added. “I hope that viewers, when seeing this, are reminded that one is never too old to stop and enjoy the incredible beauty that is around them if they only look and to encourage their children to do the same.”