Honey Flower by Tandralee

This picture was taken with a Canon Rebel T3i DSLR camera, capturing the flow of colored dyes in honey. Honey was poured into a petri dish, and layers of colored dyes (red, yellow, and blue), along with additional honey, were added. The dish was then tilted to one side. The aesthetic effects observed in the picture are the result of layering honey and colors, tilting the dish, and the dissipation of dyes in the viscous honey.

When a thin stream of honey is poured into a dish from a height, a coiling effect is observed. Multiple forces come into play during the coiling, as a part of the flow is stretched by gravity, and the coil buckles and bends like a rope. The combination of the coiling effect of honey and the dissipation of less viscous dyes into a more viscous fluid under directional force leads to complex patterns, as seen in the picture

The photo was taken by our Team: Tandralee, Riley, Rachel and was cropped by me in DarkTable.


Brun, P. (2017). A sticky situation. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 820, 1–4. https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2017.246

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  • Ben Clairday
    Dec 15, 2023 10:35

    Hi Tandralee, the colors are very striking. It reminds me of a heart with the oxygen rich and oxygen deficient valves.

  • Riley Menke
    Dec 7, 2023 21:58

    I really like how you put motion into the layering that we did.


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