Got up close and personal with some water drops today. First long soaking rain since spring. Actually it feels like spring!-the temp outside is 63 and raining. Unbelievably cooler than the 97 degrees of 2 days ago!
Since nothing is truly known-nothing can be discounted.
Nikon D3100, 35mm F1.8,18-55mm,Sigma 18-250mm,Nikkor 70-300 ED VR,Ziekos macro tubes. Olympus XZ1
I love the way that surface tension makes the drops nearly spherical in #2,3,and4.
Me too, Baron. And I'd like to say a little more about that. My nephew spent the day with me at work yesterday, and he's really into understanding things; he's into quantum mechanics; so we had a conversation about water and surface tension.
If water were a linear molecule, H2O, it would be a gas at these temperatures and we would not exist, at least not as we do now. It has a molecular weight in the empirical formula of about 18, whereas methane is around whereas nitrogen is 28 and oxygen is 32, and as we know, these are gases.
But the two covalent bonds for oxygen are at an angle of just over 104°, and this gives the hydrogen side a positive charge and the oxygen side a negative charge; a dipole.
So water molecules tend to line up in "polymers" averaging around 7 or eight molecules, with hydrogen sides sticking to oxygen sides due to "hydrogen bonding". That is why water boils at 212°F rather than -40°, and also why it likes to stick to itself and become elastic as in this photos, especially when it is relatively pure, as in water condensed in rain drops and without the addition of surfactants which create micellles that break up waters linear linkages.
These images reminded me of that discussion.
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