Frozen Bubbles

I was cleaning out some files recently when I came across an email I’d saved from 2015. It isn’t hard to see why I saved it. The photos are gorgeous and it’s hard to believe these are ordinary, transient soap bubbles. Since we have so many talented photographers on this site I thought I’d see if anyone else is interested in this art medium. Story via Backyard Neighbour,

Soap bubbles blown in freezing temperatures turn into stunning ice crystals

  • Hope Thurston Carter captured the images after blowing bubbles on several freezing days in Michigan
  • Temperatures between -9 and -12C are ideal for creating the ice bubbles

In the midst of one of the most severe winters in modern American history, the 52-year-old, of Martin, Michigan, got the idea after seeing similar pictures on the Internet.

‘I was instantly curious and ran out and bought some bubble solution so I could try this myself,’ she told HotSpot Media.  ‘I found out very quickly that blowing bubbles in the winter and trying to photograph them is not as simple and easy as it looks!’

Still weather with temperatures between -9 and -12 degrees Celsius is ideal for creating the ice bubbles.  On such a day, Hope ventures into her back garden with a bottle of bubble mixture, blows a flurry and, when one lands intact, runs to her camera to photograph it as crystals spread.



  1. kestrel says

    Those are magical. But I bet it is *really* hard to do, and to do it this well?? Hope Thurston Carter is very, very good at this.

  2. Nightjar says

    Oh wow, these are unbelievably beautiful! They almost don’t look real. Thanks for sharing, Voyager!

    Those temperatures do not happen here at all, but I’ve had this page bookmarked for a long while. One of these days I may give it a try.

  3. avalus says

    Absolutly amazing. Such delicate crystals.

    I wonder if I can use liquid nitrogen to freeze soapbubbles. I might try that when temperatures go under 0°C here.

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