In deep cold, water freezes fast and milky, obscuring whatever lies beneath the surface. But when temperatures hover, clear panes can form, often slightly warped like the first glass windows. Air bubbles retain their shape as they rise, defusing the light into pearls, until sometimes glittering the surface that traps them until the spring thaw.
These flowers are captured beneath rapidly thawing sheets of ice placed over flowing water. Air bubbles are released then reform, flowing with the current, closing in then bouncing out from petals, themselves moving with the waves. It’s an in an intricate dance that both obscures and articulates these blooms, once alive and growing, now frozen in time for study.