A fun thing to do in extreme cold is to throw
hot water into the air. Take a flask and fill it with boiling
water to warm it up, pour this away and fill it again. Take the
full flask outside, take a cup of this hot water and throw it all
up into the air. As the +100°C
water meets the cold (in this case -32°C) air, it instantly vapourizes.
Most of it is turned into a cloud of steam that drifts gently away
and some of the droplets that stay together are instantly turned
into small pieces of ice that can be seen streaking down towards
the bottom left in this photograph.
It's very weird to
throw water into the air but none of it ever actually landing. Also
seen in this picture is a solar halo around the sun formed by the
ice crystals in the air.
Note - this only happens with
very hot water - cold water just lands as cold water.
Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
50mm lens, 35mm film, K64.
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