By Helen Le Caplain
This is the incredible moment a bubble transformed into a delicate snow globe – before freezing completely and then shattering.
The mesmerising footage captured by Girlie Figueroa shows a bubble balanced on a straw which quickly crystallised in sub-zero temperatures creating a stunning swirl of delicate icy flakes.
The video shows ice crystals dancing along the fragile bubble surface before collapsing in on itself within just 14 seconds.
Pre-school teacher Girlie captured the phenomenon during below-freezing temperatures in Aldie, Virginia earlier this month after being inspired by similar photographs and footage online.
Mum-of-one Girlie, 43, said: “I captured that beautiful bubble video earlier this month.
“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be to get it to freeze and capture it on film but got it in the end.
“My friends, family and colleagues were all impressed with the video – there’s just that great transition from a bubble to a magnificent collection of ice crystals which look just like snowflakes.”
Girlie, who has been photographing all kinds of subjects for six years, says she created the bubble mix using dish-washing soap, corn syrup and water.
Girlie said: “I saw similar photos so decided to give it a go using the instructions I found online.
“The corn syrup helps thicken the bubble and provides the sugar for the crystallisation process to work.
“I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
“I learned photography initially as a hobby but then friends started asking me to capture some of their moments as they like the way I portray my subjects.
“Photography enables me to capture moments that is for keeps – beautiful smiles, water droplets, insects and even roads and places – there’s no limit on what you can capture with just a snap of the camera.”