Monday, April 20, 2009

29/365 Raindrops on tables

I'm always intrigued by the way water molecules stick to each other.

Yes, this is my nerdy side coming out.

I also love water rivulets. When I see a little puddle of water, say, on the edge of a sink or a bathtub, I like to create a path for it to run down. And it works every time -- the water goes where I want it to.

It reminds me of a scene in Jurassic Park (I've searched on YouTube and can't find it) where Jeff Goldblum's character demonstrates the way water will follow the path of least resistance on the back of someone's hand. The fact that I remember this particular (insignificant) scene should tell you a little about how much I notice this phenomenon.

The water droplets clinging to the underside of this table, and the rivulets above, were what caught my eye for this photo. We were between rain showers, and I stepped out to the deck to capture a few shots.

In the words of Dr. Spock: "Fascinating."

Camera: Canon 40D, 1/125s, f/4 at ISO 200 at about 7:30 p.m.


  1. I remember that scene. He was using it to explain chaos theory, saying tiny invisible imperfections in the skin that couldn't be seen could make the water go this way or that and therefore the outcome could not be controlled or predicted.

  2. Yes, that's it! What a great use of a subtle metaphor to clue us in to what would happen later in the movie.