Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Droplet Collisions

I've been fully engaged in my non-virtual life as a kindergarten teacher, ukulele player and family man in the past few weeks/months, with little time for online life. Once in a while I find something I want to share here. This wondrous video, I think, is worth the two minutes it takes to see.

In this video you can see droplets splashing and colliding at 5000 frames per second. It's astonishingly lovely.




The world is so beautiful!

12 comments:

Alden Smith said...

I find these sort of slow motion movies intriguing. It is also intriguing to think that there is the opposite of this - i.e. things that vibrate or move in some way at the speed of many thousands of times per second. Its an interesting world we live in!

Dan Gurney said...

Me, too, Alden. These videos serve as the opposite of those time lapse videos where you see in a couple of minutes a whole day, month or year. It's really interesting to see how the world appears when the dimension of time is expanded or contracted.

steven said...

the soft collisions are so like the beginning, fruition, and endings of relationships of all kinds. this is beautiful and leaves me wishing that it were possible to be aware of processes at a much slower and more approachable speed. but they aren't. steven

neighbor said...

Astonishingly beautiful, meditative, full. The forms matter can take are just amazing. I saw waves and jellyfish, nebulae and cells and volcanoes, planets, mountains, emergent seeds... all in those drops

Mind blowing universe, I strive to pay better attention.

Dan Gurney said...

steven, I think there's at least some hope for experiencing and appreciating time more fully through a meditation discipline, especially one that cultivates deepened focused concentration.

In my experience, by deepening concentration one can slow down quite a good deal and become much more deeply aware of one's moments whatever they hold. Time seems to actually expand, as in slow mo movies, though I've not been able to get anywhere near 5000 fps.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, neighbor. Like you I saw so many things in the water. It's really quite stunning! Water is sentient in my opinion. I'm sure you've seen the water crystals that are formed when loving thoughts are directed at the water. Amazing beauty! I think I posted on these crystals a while back.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Just beautiful. It's a combo of a lava lamp and a kaleidoscope, both of which I love. It's a grand less on the notion of time, as well.

You are so right, the world is so beautiful.

Teresa Evangeline said...

Correction: a grand lesson

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, T. E. Yes, a grand lesson. Even though I know, from Einstein, that time isn't what we think it is, it's hard to hold awareness of the relativity of time.

Dan Gurney said...

Technology like slow motion and time lapse camera work surely helps.

Reya Mellicker said...

That is incredible! Wow.

Tess Kincaid said...

Absolutely amazing.