Each winter, when the temperature dips into the negatives, Washington-based photographer Angela Kelly takes advantage of the frigid weather and blows bubbles that freeze and form beautiful patches of ice crystals.
The breathtaking results, which she photographs for her series Life in a Bubble, look like delicate snow globes and Christmas tree ornaments made of glass.
Kelly uses a homemade solution of dish soap, karo syrup, and water to create the bubbles.
While some of the smaller bubbles freeze in midair and fall to the ground, shattering upon impact, others crystalize and retain their pristine shape.
No two bubbles look the same, as each forms different patterns.
Decorated with elegant swirls and scallops, feathery etchings, and snowflake-like designs, the frozen globes are truly a gorgeous sight to behold in these cold winter days.
While on storm chasing expeditions in Tornado Alley in the U.S. I have encountered many photogenic supercell storms. This photograph was taken while we were approaching a storm near Julesburg, Colorado, on 28 May, 2013.
The storm was tornado warned for more than one hour, but it stayed an LP [low precipitation] storm through all its cycles and never produced a tornado, just occasional brief funnels, large hail, and some rain.
National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren, one of this year’s judges, shares his thoughts on the first-place winner:
“This winning photo of a supercell over the plains of eastern Colorado stopped the judges in our tracks.
When we first saw the picture we guessed that the photographer probably had dedicated quite a bit of time chasing storms to capture such an amazing sight.
But what makes the picture particularly strong is that except for the cloud, the rest of the scene is quite ordinary. The crazy UFO-looking shape gives the impression that it’s going to suck up the landscape like a tablecloth into a vacuum cleaner.
The unresolved tension in the image makes me want to look at it over and over.”