Every time you blow out a candle, you create a rainbow.

The Link: In fact, you create a whole series of rainbows.

The Story:

Dazzling photographer Grover Schrayer captured something I never knew: A candle always goes out in a small blaze of glory.  For a fraction of a second, the vaporized wax particles are carried along the puff of smoke and refract light to create a rainbow pattern.

Like with most of the rest of the universe, I don’t really understand it.

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Image by Grover Schrayer

It passes by so fast, you don’t even notice it.  Life is always like that.

I’m reminded of something Krisi Metzen shared, the work of another photographer who captures the beauty of the fleeting moment.  There is beauty in such things because they reveal underlying patterns–the mathematical structures of nature.  These beautiful patterns are everywhere.

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2 thoughts on “Every time you blow out a candle, you create a rainbow.

  1. That’s really impressive, not just because of the fact that rainbows are created every time we blow out a candle, but the sheer amount of time and effort it must have taken to photograph such an event. Props to that photographer. That’s cool stuff.

  2. […] another example of the kinds of things going on all the time that we don’t notice because they occur on time-scales we’re not used […]

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