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Sometimes we get great gifts. One morning a week ago, this was in my yard, five meters from my front door. The light drizzle was growing harder and over the course of an hour it destroyed this web, but in the short term, it was a thing of marvelous beauty. The pure physics blew my mind. The droplets presumably are slightly distended if measured closely enough, but to all appearances, they were nearly perfect little spheres, with the water's surface tension overcoming gravity. Gravity was also being defied by the friction that kept the droplets from sliding down the thread to the low point of each arc. Microscopically, we know that each of these droplets is an entire world, and I believe that at an astronomical scale the scene probably shares some properties with the formation of stars and galaxies -- while it also brings to mind the actions of subatomic particles.
I shot this with my crude macro arrangement, too -- an old extension bellows and 105mm Soligor prime lens. See the WS for an example. With macro work, of course, the challenge is depth of field, so one must choose a perspective that allows some crisp focus and some blurring of the subject that appears closer or farther. I will keep working to meet this challenge!

Keep shooting, my friends!

Russ Ham
Estudio Chispa
Austin, Texas
La Paz, BCS, México

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