Welcome to the Refractory

There's a lot of light being refracted here. Each sparkle in the bokeh is another droplet on another leaf refracting light from the rising sun. Both large droplets are refracting those same sparkles with varying degrees of focus.


Look closely. In the right droplet the sparkles are refracted in the manner of the bokeh, while in the left droplet they are closer to hard focus. They are stretched to look like flying sparks because the droplet is misshapen due to gravity.


The little drop on top is feeling a bit inadequate.


To see the multiple levels of refraction I suggest you view the large version.

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Taken on September 30, 2006