Drops of Jupiter
Carefully "posed" water droplets turn flat photographs into spherical worlds.
Earth In a Droplet
Photographer Markus Reugels uses high-speed photography to capture these images of falling droplets.
The planet Mars, shrunk to "fit" inside a water droplet.
Venus in the Water
Venus sparkles in a drop of water.
A Tiny Globe
A political map of Earth becomes a globe in a droplet of water.
The moon gets the water drop treatment in this photograph by Markus Reugels.
Saturn, sans rings, appears in a drop of water.
Neptune in a drop of water.
Another, simpler, photographic technique involves dripping milk or cream into water to create dreamy images like this one.
With precision timing, a drop of water dropped on another drop creates sculpture-like shapes that disappear in an instant.
In one of the most technically challenging series, Reugels shoots a pellet through falling droplets, creating photographs like this one.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.