Chasing Frozen Bubbles

What does this chick in Iowa do when the temps are well below zero (with a windchill in the -30’s and -40’s)?

Sit inside where it’s warm?

No, silly!

You take a bottle of bubbles and your camera and head outside to see what happens to them in the freezing temps, of course!

It’s science and art and fun!

And for the record, these suckers are hard to follow with sustained wind and gusts!

just after it froze in the air... took less than 5 seconds

just after it froze in the air… took less than 5 seconds

wind-aided travel, it's solid now and it's been about 10 seconds

wind-aided travel, it’s solid now and it’s been about 10 seconds

landed on the ground on a packed snow drift, didn't pop. it's no more than 20 seconds since I blew this bubble into the air

landed on the ground on a packed snow drift, didn’t pop. it’s no more than 20 seconds since I blew this bubble into the air

scooped it up with a spoon so you can see the size and it still didn't pop

scooped it up with a tablespoon so you can see the size of the bubble… and it still didn’t pop!

A wind gust caught it and it slammed into the house. It happened pretty quickly so this was the best shot I got:

after it popped, looks more like plastic than a soap bubble, doesn't it?!

after it popped, looks more like plastic than a soap-bubble, doesn’t it?!

I have to admit, this was a fun (albeit super-cold!) way to spend 10 or so minutes today!

disclaimer: I had many layers on and tried to stay out of the wind. And was outside for no more than 2-3 minutes at a time between this and starting my car. Louden went outside once, for about a minute. He was not happy.

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