Photos: Bubbles crystallize into spherical beauty during freezing temps
What to do when you've got a creative mind, a knack for photography, and temperatures are hovering near single digits?
Go blow bubbles! Then take pictures of what happens next.
Arlington's Angela Kelly of Kelly Images and Photography has been featured in this blog before for her beautiful natural displays of dew drops and melting frost.
But when she heard we were about to be invaded by a chilly arctic wind, she decided to try her hand at something new: Frozen bubbles.
"When I learned that we were expecting to see our coldest temperatures last week since last February, I knew I had to try to capture the ice we were bound to see it in its best (and most interesting) form," she told me.
So she and her 7-year-old son ventured out on some very frigid mornings last week when the temperatures ranged from 9 to 12 degrees.
Then, using a homemade solution from a recipe that she found on the Internet that combined dish soap, karo syrup and water, they gave Jack Frost several individual easels for him to paint his magic.
"We blew the bubbles across the top of our frozen patio table and also upon the hood of my car and then we watched in awe as each individual bubble froze with their own unique patterns," Kelly said. "We noted how they would freeze completely before the sun rose but that once the sun was in view they would defrost along the tops or cease freezing altogether. We also noted how they would begin to deflate and implode in on themselves making them look like alien shapes or in some cases shatter completely leaving them to look like a cracked egg."
She said it was so cold that some of the smaller bubbles would freeze mid-air and drop like stones to the ground.
"Are we ever too old to play with bubbles?" she asked, rhetorically. "I really think that this is the most fun, unique and beautiful series I've done yet!"
You can see more of her amazing natural photography -- frozen bubbles, melted frost and others, on her Facebook page.