Patterns on the Pond: A Frozen Bubble Mystery

There are a number of  frozen bubble trails and patterns on certain sections of the pond.  Here are a couple of examples:

Bubble Mystery 1

Bubble Mystery 2

32 responses

  1. Love the detail and abstract quality along with the black and white toning.

    January 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  2. Love the black and white.

    January 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm

  3. Good observation.
    —– My guess is, the continuous long line was created by
    an under water creature (Snail kind ?) griding on the bottom floor and
    stirred the bottom vegetation such as the green algae kind, and releasing
    the bubbles produced by algae. (by-product of Photosynthesis)
    But something ring-shaped object dropped into the floor is blocking and
    only allowing the bubbles to escape from its edge, hence created ring shape.
    —– may be, may not be, still, am I spoiling your fantasy ?
    (In that case, sorry about 😀 )

    January 12, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    • This is good, Yoshi-sensei. You’re not ruining anything at all. I’d be happy to know what creates these bubbles. What’s even more interesting to me is that they were frozen so quickly before making it to the surface.

      January 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

      • Snail line couldn’t be made instant = took even hours from start to the finish. = hence the rise of bubbles.
        So, this is the real mystery to me —– Quick or slow,
        how the ice was formed ? ? ?

        January 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

  4. So very different than the previous bubbles.-all wonderful!

    January 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    • There really is such a variety on the pond. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. Thank you for your visits, Elena.

      January 13, 2013 at 6:03 pm

  5. Wow…almost like finding baby snail tracks on a sidewalk in the spring….

    January 12, 2013 at 8:20 pm

  6. Marvels!

    January 12, 2013 at 9:18 pm

  7. elmediat

    Starry Starry Night in a Galaxy far, far away. Or in the pond in Maine. 🙂
    I am catching up and getting over withdrawals. Internet access was down for over a day a half. 😀

    January 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    • Thank you, Joseph, for your recent visit and your many generous comments. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my ice series!

      January 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm

  8. Amazing! I love this!

    January 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

  9. Love the soberness of the B&W – and the subject looks like cosmic graffiti. They’re fascinating because it seems impossible that water could freeze so suddenly.

    January 13, 2013 at 6:53 am

    • “Cosmic graffiti”: I love that! I’ve been trying to figure out some way to describe this, and I just couldn’t find words, but you’ve just done it! Thank you! And yes, I’m really quite puzzled about how these bubbles could have been captured this way before reaching the surface. It’s interesting to think about.

      January 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  10. I can’t even imagine what would have caused these bubbles to do this. Another mystery!

    January 13, 2013 at 1:18 pm

  11. J’aime vraiment ces effets de bulle ou d’eau gelée. Une merveille que tu sais bien exploiter.

    January 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

    • Merci, Val. Ta dernière série est vraiment magnifique. J’adore Louna! Elle a un regard merveilleux. 🙂

      January 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

  12. Like the milky way!

    I wonder if there is a water source coming into the pond – a spring or a stream?

    January 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    • Little Webb is connected to a larger pond (Big Webb) and there are, I think there may be some streams that feed into them (but some of them are not flowing year round). Also, Little Webb really is more the size of a lake. It’s called a pond in Maine because of its depth.

      January 15, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  13. That is fascinating. Mysterious beauty, Lemony, love this series!

    January 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    • I could lose hours following some of these bubbles paths and patterns (hoping to figure out who is making them 🙂 ). At the same time, I enjoy the mystery!

      January 16, 2013 at 1:34 am

  14. Mysterious indeed. They look like tracks made by creatures but how did the dynamiic bubble trails get captured by the slowly encroaching ice. Your ice series is absolutely superb, I love peering into them and pondering the whys and wherefores 🙂

    January 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

    • Thank you very much for your encouragement. The pond is really such a fascinating place. It’s as though I’ve entered another realm in winter.

      January 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      • Indeed – an incredibly photogenic one too 🙂

        January 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm

        • If only I could tell the little creature who did this that you said so. 🙂

          January 21, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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