Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday Selections #386


Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  As I said last week, winter has arrived.  We had a couple of very brisk starts early this week - so I went out and froze bubbles.  Himself was still asleep and Jazz ensconced in the warm but I had a heap of fun.  And yes I did get some weird looks from early birds heading off to work.




It was a lovely soft dawn too - another bonus.


More frost flowers






 If you embiggen this one you will see a reflection of the hills behind.  A very lucky shot.







Not only do I love the frozen bubbles I am endlessly fascinated by their demise.  Unlike normal soap bubbles they don't pop and disappear.  Some develop slow leaks and wither, and those that pop leave a shell behind them.








Lots of bubbles







Some of them lasted a couple of hours, only disappearing when the sun was directly on them








This one made me think of brains (frozen zombie treats?).










I think the spots on the last one was a layer of frost developing.  It was chilly, but I did have a wonderful, wonderful time.  I suspect that if we get another chilly snap I will continue to feature as mad woman with camera.


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    1. Jamie Ghione: That is what I thought when I first saw them on the internet. I am so happy that I can recreate them.

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  2. Wow, as you talk of winter setting in, I sit here in 94 degree temperature. Frost bubbles. I've never seen one. How interesting they are.

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    1. mxtodis123: I do love frozen bubbles and am glad that my climate allows me to play.

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  3. 96 degrees here with humidity to match. Love the bubbles. some day will try my hand at them

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: Your weather fills me with horror. I am very, very glad to be in winter.

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  4. You have introduced me to aspects of frost I had never even considered before. I am sure I will never look at it the same way again. And here in Canada I will have lots of opportunity to study it!

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    1. David Gascoigne: I suspect that in parts of your country frozen bubbles could last days. And would freeze harder than anything I can achieve.

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  5. I try this every time we have frost (a couple of times a winter, it seems) and I have never gotten any to last long enough to snap a phots. They are quite beautiful. Sigh, another thing to add to my envy list.

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: It needs a fairly hard frost for them to work. At least -5C (23 F). And colder is better.

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  6. That is so fun to freeze the bubbles! We had no freezing this last winter, as I was all set to do it here. Very warm rainy wet winter. I am hoping next winter I'll get my chance!

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    1. Strayer: I hope you can. This winter has been warmer here too, and I was worried that we wouldn't get cold enough. We did, and I smiled.

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  7. EC, they are fantastic bubbles, love your photos.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you. I love the colder months. So much.

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  8. I love winter in Australia Here in Europeis summer but it is cold and windy But spring was too hot and sunny.

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    1. Gosia k: Our autumn was very warm, but we are finally cooling down. I hope your summer settles - and that your father's health improves.

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  9. I have just remembered something I did as a child...not frost bubbles, but "home made icicles."
    No idea whose idea it was to unpick several strands from a sack and wrap them, ends dangling, on a twig, pour water on them and hope for icicles next day.

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    1. dinahmow: That would have been fun. From time to time a dripping tap created stalactites of ice, but we never thought to go any futher...

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  10. : ))))

    I love your bubbles! I tried to make bubbles last winter but I was not successful.

    Keep going out and make more bubbles. You are having fun and that is what it's important. We are benefiting as well. : ))

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    1. Caterina: Thank you. I will keep blowing bubbles. And today is probably nearly cold enough. I hope tomorrow will be.

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  11. Wow-- this is a whole new concept to me. Wonderful!

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  12. If I just saw these I would think something hatched from them. I think your blog is the only place I've seen frozen bubbles!

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    1. Sandi: I can definitely see the 'hatched premise'. I can't remember where I first learned about frozen bubbles - but it was definitely from your hemisphere.

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  13. The frost bubbles are terrific. Fun with nature...a fun way to keep warm during a chilly winter morn.

    Have a great week, EC. I hope all is calm once again and Jazz is a happy chappy. Give him a cuddle for me. :)

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    1. Lee: I do enjoy freezing bubbles and I am glad that others do too.
      Poor Jazz will get a couple of quiet days, but the heating people will have to come back (at least once) next week.
      I hope that you three have a great week too.

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  14. You have enchanted a couple of hemisphere's, here.

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  15. Hi EC - those are wonderful to see ... wizened heads I saw. They are extraordinary the way they can freeze in situ - and also just 'sit around' waiting for life to continue on. No wonder you're enjoying the time out there in the early morning sun when it's out. Such fun - cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: My Inner Child is LOVING this. And has been given free reign.

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  16. It looks like it would be such fun EC. I’ve got to try it next winter!

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    1. Marie Smith: It is so much fun. And your winters would most definitely be cold enough. Your grandbabies might enjoy it too.

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  17. Frost bubble, my first encounter. It rarely gets that cold here. But one day, I may get the chance.

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    1. Ann Bennett: Lots of people dislike the cold, but I welcome it. Not least for frost flowers and frozen bubbles.

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  18. I love the work of the mad woman with the camera. I wonder if other people do this?

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    1. Andrew: I expect others do play, but not near me that I have seen.

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  19. I can easily understand your fascination with frozen bubbles, EC - they are brilliant! And I love the first photo of the soft dawn, with lovely red camellias.

    Our coldest frosts here would never be as much as 5 degrees - it's a heavy one if it gets to minus 2 or 3.

    Have a lovely week, with lots of sub-zero mornings!

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    1. Alexia: Those are the neighbours camellias - though I am enjoying them. The cockatoos are wreaking havoc with ours. We get the occasional minus seven or eight. And I hope we get one this year. And hope so quietly so I don't infuriate others.

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    2. Hello Alexia, long time so see! So happy to have caught you here! Hope all is well, take care.

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  20. They are so cool! Both for you and for me, too. What fun!! :-)

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    1. DJan: They are a heap of fun. And fun is something I try very hard to make room for.

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  21. Wow, i'd never thought of blowing bubbles outdoors in frozen weather. That is cool!

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    1. messymimi: It is cool. Even cold. And wonderful.

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  22. When popped, the ice bubbles sort of look like old chewing gum!

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    1. Bea: I can see that (drat you), but where is your romance? Frozen bubbles and chewing gum aren't a good fit in my head.

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  23. Oh, my, the sky is lovely in the first shot, EC.

    I love the bubbles and I am glad you're getting cool/cold weather at last. It's such a relief after the heat of summer, isn't it?

    I read a little more about frost after we were discussing the frost on your plants versus the frost on our plants. According to National Geographic, there are different kinds of frost, formed depending on such things as the air temperature and humidity, the temperature of the object on which the frost forms relative to the air temperature, and much more. In the end, I am not much wiser, but I suspect the answer is buried somewhere in "relative temperatures" and maybe in the kind of crystals that are formed. When our plants get hit by frost, it looks like a uniform thin white coating which often kills the plant in one shot. They wouldn't make a very nice picture, unlike yours which have so much texture and crispness going on.

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    1. jenny_o: My heart smiled at that sky too. Soft and beautiful.
      You are so right about the cooler weather being a relief. A huge relief. It makes sense that there are different kinds of frost. Ours almost always has crystals in it, and I find it fascinating. And beautiful.

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    2. I believe your type of frost is called rime, EC, but I could be wrong.

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    3. River: We get rime and also hoarfrost. Rime is the result of freezing fog, and hoarfrost happens without the fog.

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  24. Frozen zombie treats... love it!
    I'm glad you have so much fun with the bubbles and we get to share the adventure, without the crack of dawn/freezing experience. ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: I am up early anyway and while I do (eventually) feel the cold it takes me longer and requires lower temperatures. There is no sacrifice for me in these early excursions. And a lot of fun.

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  25. First photo is gorgeous, those colours of the morning are amazing.
    You did well to go outside early and do your bubble thing - don't they look good...it's amazing.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: I think they look amazing too. It blows me away. Some day I will try and get a series of photos of the one bubble as it freezes and collapses.

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  26. Ethereal! Blown away that they lasted for two hours!! Entirely new angle for me. Thank you for the illumination, pictorial and literal both.

    Have the most brilliant weekend.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Isn't it incredible? The first time I succeeded in freezing bubbles I was impressed that they lasted ten minutes or more. Colder mornings have extended that time (and my delight) considerably.
      I am having a delightful weekend and hope you are too.

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  27. The bubbles are so fabulous! I'm going to show this post to my son next time he pops up because I told him about the frost bubbles and he was interested. I like the zombie one and the final "starry" one.

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    1. River: I think the final starry one would look even better if the bubble was coloured. I may experiment with that idea later. I am glad you like them, and hope your son does too.

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  28. Those frozen bubbles are fascinating! Next weekend, we're supposed to be in the mid-90sF and you're showing me pictures of frost. My little mind is blown -- of course, as you know, it doesn't take much. ;)

    Hope you and your computer are hanging in there! :)
    Marty K

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    1. Marty K: I will have our frost over your temperatures any day of the week. And I share your easily blown mind. The computer is still having hissy fits but so far I eventually (crossing fingers and knocking on wood) triumph. Intermittent faults suck.

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  29. This is so cool... literally!!
    I must try that on one of our frosty mornings.

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    1. CountryMum: I hope you can. How low do your temperatures get? I have found the lower the better, and that it is not really worth the effort when the temperatures are above minus 5.

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  30. Mad woman with a camera! So were you still in your dressing gown when you were out blowing bubbles? :D

    They are amazing, and I love the reflections on them.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: In summer when first light is earlier I do go out in my dressing gown (and bare feet). First light is about seven at the moment and people are heading off to work. I don't want to shock them too badly and I dress before I head out.
      I was very happy when I noticed the reflections. Thank you for commenting on them.

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  31. we're boiling and you're freezing, love all your bubbles, they are a sight to see, has anyone ever came upon them unexpectedly and been surprised, someone not knowing of them?

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    1. Linda Starr: Not that I know of. In the early hours people are more likely to be driving by than walking.

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  32. Dear EC
    The bubbles look amazing. (Well worth the mad woman in dressing gown act!)
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Thank you. I was dressed though. Dawn photos in summer are a different issue.

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  33. Fascinating images from your lovely frozen soap bubbles. How wonderfully creative. I'd love to see the photographer photographed as she goes about her soap bubble freezing and clicking.

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    1. Kalpanaa M: Thank you. It is something I look forward to each winter after first learninga bout it a few years ago. I don't do selfies and the other household residents are either asleep or lacking opposable thumbs so there will be no photos of me. Which is a good thing.

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  34. what fun and great pictures

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    1. Anna: I smile the whole time I am out there. Broadly.

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  35. It’s the first time i’ve seen frozen bubbles. They look like fun.

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  36. Those bubbles are beautiful. I’ve never seen one here before.

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    1. Rick Watson: They are very beautiful and I am happy that I discovered them. And happy to freeze my fingers creating them.

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  37. These are so amazing, and until you shared pictures, I've never seen anything like it. Totally love looking at them. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO: I am glad. My childish self loves them, and I am glad others do too.

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  38. Look at all of those bubbles! That is so cool.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: Very, very cool.

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  39. I love the frozen bubbles. They are so intriguing. Looks like you had great fun. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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    1. Mason Canyon: I certainly started that morning with smiles. Lots of them.

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  40. Beautiful bubbles and cold weather. It is sweltering here.

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    1. donna baker: Eeeuw. I hope you can stay cool.

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  41. What in the world? I have never heard of frost bubbles. Did you blow soap bubbles and let them freeze or do they simply appear?

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    1. Granny Annie: I blow soap bubbles and hope that the weather is cold enough for them to freeze.

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  42. I have never had any luck with frozen bubbles! I will have to look and see if you mention your recipe anywhere.

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    1. Ktisten: Welcome. I use unadulterated dishwashing liquid. Palmolive at the moment.

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  43. How I envy your cold weather...sweltering and humid here with rain...You are definitely a favorite with the camera!

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    1. e: Thank you. While I would love some rain, the cooler weather is much, much nicer than the sweaty season. I hope you have some cool air inside.

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  44. I remember your first attempts at frozen bubbles, what a way you have come!
    Frozen Zombie Treats is a wonderful term.

    Enjoy your week

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    1. kylie: Thank you. I hope to continue to improve - and I am glad the frozen zombie treats made you smile.
      I hope your week is wonderful.

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  45. I think that one really does resemble a brain. It is hard for me to think frost when the temperature is in the high 90's. There is a heat wave here.

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    1. Truedessa: Thank you. I am glad that my 'overactive imagination' isn't alone. I hope you can find some cooling relief. I am very grateful for our cooler weather.

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    1. Mark050: That is what I thought - and was pleased when they lived up to my hopes.

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  47. lol - I love the brains! I saw something about the frozen bubbles, and the photographer made his bubbles by blowing them close to the surface of what he wanted to photograph it on using a straw dipped in dish soap. Less chance of them breaking before they hit the ground.

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    1. Cindi Summerlin: The photographer probably has a point, but I am happy to let the bubbles fly free. Some do pop, but if it is cold enough most of them make a safe landing.

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  48. I have never seenor even heard of these bubbles Fabulous and certainly I would be up and photography them if I were there also. Have a wonderful week ahead.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Something to look forward to in your next winter. It is always a bit iffy whether we will get cold enough. I expect you can guarantee it.

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  49. Great shots, especially enjoyed your study in bubbles.

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    1. Denise inVA: I am glad. I enjoyed playing.

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  50. I must try this when winter comes here. There is something about bubbles that is magical, and these frozen bubbles are awesome.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: I hope you can. I agree with you about the magic of bubbles and was determined to try this as soon as I heard about it. And it was even more fun than I expected.

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  51. I love the bubbles! Thanks;) I've got to do that this fall.
    Have a day as awesome as your bubbles.

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    1. Sandra Cox: Thank you. And an awesome day to you too.

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  52. Dear EC, last year, I remember you posted about bubbles in the winter. I thought the idea was awesome and was going to do it last winter and didn't. Now, like Arleen, I'm planning that this winter it will happen here in Independence, Missouri, USA!!!! Peace.

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    1. Dee: I hope you can. It is a heap of fun, and there is always room for fun in the world.

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    2. Dear EC, now that the president has announced his nominee for the next Supreme Court yesterday, I am feeling very much in need of fun. Life here is so scary--I think our democracy is at risk. Peace.

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    3. Dee: I saw that. And winced. Good luck - and I do hope that the bird of fun swings round to visit.

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  53. How much fun is that?! Very cool. Thank you for sharing them all with us.

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    1. Carolyn McBride: So much fun. It is chilly this morning too, and I nearly headed out to play again.

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  54. Omigosh! I love these ♥
    When winter comes here, I'm buying myself some bubbles :)

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    1. Carol Kilgore: I hope you can. I went the cheap path and used dish washing liquid and a piece of wire twisted into a loop. Which worked just fine.

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  55. Wow, this is a new one to me! I've never heard of or seen frozen bubbles. They look pretty cool!

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    1. Elizabeth Varadan, Author: My inner child insisted that I try - and I am so very glad I obeyed the bully.

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  56. That was darned amazing! I got chilly just looking at them, and that's a good thing because it was hot here today.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I am glad to provide some coolth. And it is/was an amazing thing to see. And do.

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  57. First time I’ve seen frozen bubbles... such fun! I love them.

    Here in the UK at the moment it is hot - so to see your 'chilly' pictures was so good.

    Happy July

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: I have been hearing about your heat wave. I hope you can stay cool and safe, while I revel in the frost here.

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  58. I have never seen anything like this before! It's like photos out of a magical fairy land! A make believe land, where unicorns roam! Seriously, so beautiful!! Thank you EC!! What a treat! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: Thank you so much. I think they are magical too. And would love to see unicorns. And dragons...
      Hugs gratefully received and returned.

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  59. Those frozen bubbles are very cool! (pun intended)

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  60. Amazing. It;s my first time seeing this. Wow!

    Thanks for letting me a glimpse of your world

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    1. Small Kucing: It is my pleasure and I am glad you enjoyed my silliness.

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  61. How lovely to see frost in the middle of our heat wave of temps nearing 100....very humid and thankfully rain last night. I never thought about frozen bubbles, but once we cool down in about 3 or 4 months, I am doing this....what fun and fascination and your photos are so interesting. Funny just as summer finally hits here you get winter!

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    1. Donna@GardensEyeView: I hope you do try them - and share the process. It is most definitely fun.

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  62. I have NEVER seen a frozen bubble in person and I love them! So cool. Frosty flowers almost make me sad. Don't know why.

    Oh and I love the zombie reference. hee hee.

    Teresa

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    1. T.Powell Coltrin: I love them too. I am fond of the frosty flowers as well - perhaps because all of the things I have photographed will survive.

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  63. I love love LOVE it when you do the frozen bubbles. Not only do I enjoy looking at them, I love to think of you, "bubbling" with a spirit of joy, having such a good time doing it.

    I've told my daughter-in-law about your frozen bubbles. She's quite the photographer, and with four children, it'd be fun for the whole family. Unfortunately, it never gets cold enough where they live. Or at least, it hasn't yet... Maybe next winter.

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    1. Susan: Most definitely bubbling over with joy. When I come inside my face hurts - not because of the cold but because I have been grinning from ear to ear. I hope your daughter-in-law can play (and that it gets cold enough for you come winter).

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  64. LOVE the frozen bubbles. That's something I'll never experience here in Florida.

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    1. Crystal Collier: Quite a lot of Australia will never experience the joy either.

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  65. Your corner of the world is breathtakingly beautiful, EC.

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    1. Sandra Cox: We live in a beautiful world don't we?

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  66. Absolutely fascinating. They remind me of the bubbles children blow.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: This big child had fun too.

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  67. Bubbles are fun to play with.

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    1. Spacer Guy: You won't hear any arguments from me. Lots of fun.

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  68. Hola paso por tu blog a dejar la huella del mio.
    Por si deseas visitar.

    http://anna-historias.blogspot.com/?m=1.
    Gracias.
    Besos

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    1. ANNA: Welcome and thank you. I will be over to visit later.

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  69. As far as slow leaks they're a lot like balloons aren't they?

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    1. Sandra Cox: They are, though most of the balloons I have had anything to do with explode rather than leak.

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  70. Absolutely beautiful bubbles! I'm hoping that regular bubble mix will work and that we get a half decent frost some time soon. I saw some 'sea urchins' in your collection and love the reflections

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    1. Kim: Aren't they fun? Good luck with your frost. I use dishwashing liquid, and it seems to work well.

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  71. Lovely bubbles. It's nice you have so cold that you can do them.
    And I've thought that you have always very hot weather,.. :)

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    1. orvokki: My city gets decidedly cool in winter. We even (very occasionally) get a little snow. And there are snowfields less than sixty miles away. The bubbles are a treat though - and it may be cold enough over the next few days to try again.

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  72. Splendid play, and such joyful photos! I could easily enjoy winters like yours, and winter being a treat to behold instead of a matter of life and death!

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    1. Karen S.: I love our wimpy winters. And play. I am heading out early this morning or I might be out there blowing bubbles again.

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