12.04.2014 Frosty Bubbles with a Needles Chaser

Despite my ongoing complaint about cold weather, some of my favorite images come from the freeze.  I found these bubbles in the ice along the Middle Branch of the Swift River which feeds into the Quabbin Reservoir.  It wasn’t quite as cold as when my knees stuck to the frozen pond, but cold enough to suspend the bubbles on their way down stream.

Bubbles-and-Frost-2-700webBasically this is naturally a monochrome and I considered converting it, but I really like the inclusion of color from the pine needles.  Looking at it in mono just turns them into blah distractions.

No issues with anyone else having this image, I don’t think.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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27 Responses to 12.04.2014 Frosty Bubbles with a Needles Chaser

  1. Exciting and a very good composition.


  2. Pretty … in a cold sort-of-way. D


  3. Jim in IA says:

    I think it was a good decision to leave it in color. Pretty sure I don’t have a duplicate image in my files. You have my permission to use your image any way you wish. 🙂


  4. Andrew says:

    It makes a very fine abstract, Steve. The pine needles are the icing on the cake.


  5. Right you are: I’m sure no one will needle you about being a copycat here.


  6. Lottie Nevin says:

    This is a wonderful photograph. It’s both abstract and figurative. For me it’s got Aspirin writ large all over it….:) gorgeous picture, Steve. Another winner!


  7. shoreacres says:

    The color of the needles is the perfect touch. The bubbles remind me of the frothy egg cases made by some insects, or my grandmother’s button box, or caviar. It’s almost enough to make me wish for freezing weather.


    • I like the caviar reference, Linda. These do look a bit like fish egg masses too. Almost but not quite enough, eh? You’d need some pretty cold…in the teens…weather for these to form.


      • What’s formed in Austin with a high temperature in the 60s is a new crop of certain wildflowers, like the goldeneye and bush sunflowers I photographed this morning. Still, we’re bound to get some freezes over the next couple of months, and then I’d be lucky to see something like what you were good at recording.


      • I am not sure whether wishing you good luck with that is going to be appreciated. If it is that cold, then I hope you find it worth shivering.


  8. I agree, Steve. The needles give just the right dash of color here, plus their linear quality balances the round bubbles. You’ve definitely made this your own.

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  9. Just Rod says:

    You could sell this to West Ham United. They are always blowing bubbles. Great image


  10. The pine needles add interest to this pic.Nice shot with the bubbly things. unusual looking. Looks like an abstract.


    • My intent was for this to have an abstract quality, Yvonne. Although it is obvious that it these are frozen bubbles, as others have mentioned, they remind of a few alternate objects adding to the abstract appearance. I am happy that you like this. 🙂

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