Perspectives in Refraction

A Trivial Mind At Work

“It is always quietly thrilling to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.”
Bill Bryson

This gallery has shots of the same water drop on the edge of a flower petal from five different angles. Each picture is a unique image of the drop showing a refracted view of the world from each angle. The captions explain what you are seeing.

(Clicking any picture in the gallery shows you more detailed images!)

Light going through a water drop does many strange and colorful things. All things considered, the mathematics is not rocket science at all. But the results are quite spectacular with the most obvious case being the rainbow. Some day I will catch a water drop on a flower petal that gives me a rainbow!

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