Chasing frozen bubbles, part deux

The air temp and windchill are well below zero again, so I got out the bubbles for another experiment!

This time, for a little twist, I added some blue food color to the mix.

I’m not sure if I consider it successful or not, though. (ok, it was fun, that’s a success! hehe!)

First, the bubbles didn’t freeze like the last time (who knew that -20 wasn’t cold enough to instantly freeze colored bubble mix?!)

about 5-10 seconds after blowing them -- not frozen (yet)

about 5-10 seconds after blowing them — not frozen (yet)

Second, I couldn’t find a place where I was out of the wind (yeah, I do know how silly that sounds considering the reason I tried this was because of the WINDchill!)

these just blew right on by -- quite frankly I was surprised I captured them

these just blew right on by — quite frankly I was surprised I captured them

And third, blue wasn’t the best choice for color, but it did make for a good “after”

it looks like it's running! and it has a face! so awesome!

it looks like it’s running! and it has a face! so awesome!

Poor little stick-figure-popped-bubble-in-the-snow-dude!

It was kind of fun for a bit, until my fingers felt like they were frozen.

I will admit that I also kind of enjoyed being out in the frigid temp (but will deny it if anyone asks! hehe!) I found it kind of revitalizing!

Louden even ventured out in it… for less than a minute. And he was vocal (surprise!) about his displeasure. I think he said something about “if the sun is shining and it’s warm when I’m lying in a ray of it in the house, why is it so darn cold out here?!?!”

The temp is due to drop significantly again in a few days. Maybe I’ll try again if it’s colder (what?) and with a different color.

Third time’s a charm, right?

Frosty!

Last week, when it was super-cold and I was out playing with frozen bubbles (and making sure the car started), I sought refuge from the wind in the garage.

I noticed a pretty cool phenomenon when I looked down at the floor.

Thought I’d share the photographs today.

So Pretty!

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What is it?

Is it some kind of coral?

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Nope, not coral!

These are crystal formations.

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It’s not something I’ve ever noticed before… that could be because I haven’t lived anywhere (recently) that normally has temps that drop so far below zero.

Apparently the below-zero temps encouraged the formation of crystals from the freezing of the saline brine the city puts on the streets in snow/ice conditions. The salt in the brine causes the freezing point of the water to drop significantly from the normal freezing point (+32F) of plain water.

Anyway, the brine-solution dripped off the car, hit the floor and as the temps dropped, the crystals appeared!

Beauty can appear in so many unexpected places!

Have a great week!

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.