A water balloon, filled with water, then frozen. We spent about ten minutes playing with it. She handled it, we spun it in the bowl, we salted it and watch fractures form and chips fly off, we watched the melting take place. We discussed energy transfer, and crystalline structures, and the three phase states of matter (eliding the subject of plasma), and the relationship between heat and energy. All in all, an interesting set of teachable moments on a Friday evening.
Bracketed by the visceral, intense and contemplative beauty of Ashes and Snow.
Sometimes life really is for the win.
Photograph © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.
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