Photographer captures otherworldly beauty in frozen bubbles

If you’ve ever wondered what nature’s version of a miniature snow globe might look like, it probably wouldn’t be far off from what photographer Angela Kelly cooked up in some chilly temperatures in Washington.

Kelly and her seven-year-old son used a mix of dish soap, corn syrup, and water to cure their winter blues and set out to blow bubbles in the -9°C to -12°C weather.

The results, seen below, are a stunning mixture of perfectly round, frosted bubbles; unusual, bulbous shapes; and shattered bubbles that resemble cracked eggs.

The Kellys noticed right away that the different sizes of bubbles reacted to the cold temperature in different ways, and each one became its own unique frosty creation, much like a snowflake.

They observed that the smaller bubbles froze momentarily, while still mid-air, and then would fall and break into tiny ice chips. The bigger bubbles took longer to freeze on their surfaces, so Kelly had the chance to document the beautiful variety of frost patterns developing on these ones.

Before the sun rose, the Kellys mostly witnessed bubbles that froze entirely, but after the sun made its appearance, they began to defrost along their tops or stopped freezing altogether.

At this point, some of the bubbles would also deflate and “implode in on themselves, making them look like alien shapes or in some cases shatter completely,” says Kelly.

This lent a bigger variety to the images she was able to capture, and the results solidify the entertainment value of blowing bubbles for every kid-at-heart.