Icicle/Water Droplet = Inverted Image (but not spring weather in Iowa … yet!)



Icicle Dripping. March 14, 2013

Icicle Dripping. March 14, 2013. Clicking on this photo will magnify the inverted image in the water droplet. (Click on image to magnify the droplet where you’ll see an inverted view of our backyard.)


I took these photos eleven days ago on March 14. When looking at this image (above) on my computer, I was excited to see the inverted sky/treeline/snow scene in the dangling water droplet. The image was our backyard, but upside down.

This principle is explained and further illustrated (via a beautiful photograph) at this link. http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2011/12/water-drops-and-inverted-images.html

Within an hour of taking the photos, the entire icicle melted. I was excited that spring weather was just around the corner. Silly me!



This photo was taken eight minutes prior to the photo at the top of this post. If you click on this image to magnify it, you’ll see the spiral above the water droplet as the droplet starts to separate from the icicle. (Click on photo to enlarge.)



Top photo: Shutter: 1/4000 sec.; f/4.5; ISO 800; Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Bottom photo: Shutter: 1/1000 sec.; f/7.1; ISO 400; same lens

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One Response to “Icicle/Water Droplet = Inverted Image (but not spring weather in Iowa … yet!)”

  1. cghoover Says:

    So cool! So beautiful! Hal and I looked at both photos and enlarged each to the max. What fun for you to capture the water drop as it was forming and to see the inverted landscape in both drops.

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