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Frozen Bubble Weeds

Frozen Bubble Weeds

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  1. I thought ice was history until this morning when I woke up to another thin coating of the fluffy white stuff. ‘Heavy sigh.’ I wonder if you play with the exposure on this one whether the patterning on the left ‘bubble’ forms perfect hexagons or whether it’s random. Can you tell? D

    January 10, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    • Yes, I was surprised to see the snow again, too, BUT the weekend is looking up! After reading your suggestion (thank you), I did go back to play a bit with the exposure, and I saw that both the left and right “bubbles” have the hexagon patterning! I’m curious about why that is. Allen, of New Hampshire Gardener, gave me a link to a site–for a different post–that may lead to the answer, so I’ll inquire further. Thanks, Dave!

      January 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

      • You might also try this really nice site which is all about ice and crystal formation and snow flakes and all sorts cool stuff. I’ll bet the answer to your question relates to the fact that when water molecules come together to form a lattice they do so in such a way that creates a lattice which is hexagonal in outline. I’m guessing this molecular pattern has its expression in the larger one you see in your images. Here’s the link … http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/primer/primer.htm.

        January 11, 2014 at 1:58 pm

  2. I don’t know whether I’m getting up not early enough — I never seen the ice like this.
    So, I don’t know even which side up —– isn’t it upside down ? 🙂

    January 10, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    • Ha ha, you know, I had to go back and check after you said that, just because I wondered if it maybe somehow I did get switched around, but it is right side up! 🙂 Interesting formation, huh! 🙂

      January 11, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  3. Great shot!

    January 10, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  4. Like tiny worlds inside…gorgeous.

    January 10, 2014 at 3:03 pm

  5. Nature goes nuts… Whole North America shivers and here in Europe we have temperatures as if it were springtime.
    At any rate this makes it possible to shoot such beautiful photographs as yours. 🙂

    January 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    • I know, it’s wacky, isn’t it?! Well, thank you, Stefan. I hope things get turned around with the weather.

      January 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm

  6. Very cool. I love it.

    January 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

  7. Perfect gifts

    January 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm

  8. I don’t know why but this made me laugh.

    January 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    • Ha ha. I’m glad, Allen. There is something funny about bubble weeds. 🙂

      January 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

  9. Quite magical!

    January 11, 2014 at 1:50 am

  10. amberafrica

    Amazing!!!!

    January 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm

  11. Fascinating and lovely.

    January 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

  12. Wow, these are not of this planet, I think. Wonderful weed worlds. They really are magical little globes of ice. And your photograph is so perfect in its clarity and color. I love these. 🙂

    January 12, 2014 at 3:48 am

    • Thank you very much, George. I like the sound of “weed worlds”–that makes me smile. I struggled with the processing of this image–trying to achieve a balance of light, detail and clarity, while also keeping a certain softness to the image that I like. I ended up trading some of the sharpness to preserve the natural soft light.

      January 13, 2014 at 1:58 am

  13. Just love the different posts of the frozen bubbles! Really stunning photos.

    January 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  14. Lemony! These are amazing, as usual!!!

    January 13, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    • Thank you, Irene! 🙂 That’s so nice of you. I appreciate your visit!

      January 18, 2014 at 2:28 am

  15. Amazing! 🙂

    January 13, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  16. Wow again! The one on the right has a brown tadpole with a golden tail, frozen in mid-swim!

    January 13, 2014 at 11:24 pm

  17. Your ice
    Is nice.

    Perhaps you can parlay this into a line of bubble- (rather than bobble-)head dolls.

    January 19, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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