2016-111 – Dew Drop Mandalas

Dew Drops on Spider Web
Dew Drops on Spider Web

This week’s MotD theme: Water

On the “commons” section of Wikipedia, I found this marvelous photo of these perfectly formed (mandalas) dew drops on a spider web. They float there like little water planets reflecting nature’s green and blue background. Certain times of the year, we here in Oregon see this quite often. It feels very mystical and magical.

That being said, researchers Lei Jiang from the Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences and his colleagues did a study to find out how/why spider webs collect water and published their findings in Nature magazine in 2010.

They noticed that as water condenses on the web, droplets move towards the nearest spindle-knot, where they coalesce to form larger drops.

The spindle-knots have a rough surface, because the fibrils within them are randomly interweaved. But the joints between the knots have a smooth texture, because their constituent fibrils run parallel to each other. It is this difference in roughness that helps water drops to slide towards the spindle-knots, sticking when they arrive.

Inspiration for Today

While our left (logical) brains can appreciate and understand the science of dew drops on spider webs, it serves us well to also engage our creative (right) brains in the mystical magical wonder of nature.

Happy Coloring!

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