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Photo Gallery: Tiny bubbles

"Hobnail" ice created by freezing rain drops on car rooftop.
KEVIN GUTTING

"Hobnail" ice created by freezing rain drops on car rooftop. KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

I love my “point and shoot” camera. It has its limitations but takes close-ups like nobody’s business. And it’s so small I can always have it with me. That was the case the morning I found the rooftop of my car covered with bizarre frozen bumps that made me think of a hobnail boot. It appears that a freaky combination of the overnight temperature and precipitation froze the raindrops in mid-splash. It wasn’t until I enlarged the frame much later that I noticed the little universe of air bubbles within each bump and that, of course, made me think of the microscopic world in Dr. Seuss’ “Horton Hears a Who.”

— Kevin Gutting

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