What is real? Are there levels of reality? What is the universe made of and what does it hang on? These are the late night questions of a group of college friends. Maybe it was the magic formula of young minds, late nights and a sense of wonderment but the occasional break between studies often brewed conversations about things like Schrodinger’s cat and the double slit expiriment. Eventually someone would would point out that observation affects the outcome of the experiment and then the wild theories game was on. Reality would melt like a watercolor painting in the rain.
I suppose that’s where my appreciation for surrealism came from. If the expectations of a physicist could make a photon veer towards the left or right then perhaps the whole nature of the universe was subject to the expectations of those who observe it. What if Schrodinger subconsciously chooses the fate of his cat. It kinda makes since until you notice that you haven’t won the Powerball jackpot yet. ( Tho obvious answer being that it’s because everyone else is also expecting and we all cancel each other out until enough of us forget to expect and someone in Indiana wins. 😉 )
So how did I make the sky melt for tonight’s feature image? Well, I accidentally proved that observation doesn’t really affect the outcome of the experiment. Basically, I killed Schrodinger’s cat. The original intention was to get a panoramic view of the clouds reflecting on the Kanawha River. However, the sensors that detect how the camera is oriented became confused and stitched the image vertically instead of horizontally. The ripples on the water became elongated and the whole image took on the melting feel. I cleaned up the image a bit and liked the outcome so I kept it. It kinda reminds me of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”. I have tried but have never been to duplicate the effect consistently. ( Again disproving the active observation theory.)
For now I’ll have to be satisfied with just this one unique image in my collection and maintain my position that there is order to the universe and that order is occasionally disrupted.
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