German photographer Markus Reugels finds great meaning in a single drop of water. He uses dye and high-speed photography to capture awesome images of water droplets splashing onto a reflective surface. In order to achieve such beautiful results, Markus developed a painstaking process that requires him to control the shape of the water drop, its reflection, the background, and the lighting.

"Water is the element of life, everyone needs it to live and see it every day. But if anyone has seen the most beautiful forms that can take water? Let me show you pictures that are all made ​​with water and color. With the high-speed photography, it is possible to freeze these millisecond, in such forms exist, in order to present them in unique images."

Visit Markus Reugels’ website to view many more examples of his artwork.

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It’s time to pay another visit to the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena where we’ll learn about the delicate beauty of Guttation:

Guttation is the exudation of drops of sap (xylem) on the tips or edges of leaves of some vascular plants, such as grasses. Guttation is not to be confused with dew, which condenses from the atmosphere onto the plant surface.

At night, transpiration usually does not occur because most plants have their stomata (pores found in the epidermis of leaves, stems and other organs that are used to control gas exchange) closed.

When there is a high soil moisture level, water will enter plant roots, because the water potential of the roots is lower than in the soil solution. The water will accumulate in the plant, creating a slight root pressure.

The root pressure forces some water to exude through special leaf tip or edge structures, hydathodes or water glands, forming drops. Root pressure (osmotic pressure within the cells of a root system that causes sap to rise through a plant stem to the leaves) provides the impetus for this flow, rather than transpirational pull. [Source: Wikipedia]

These photos are all beautiful examples of Guttation. In order of appearance they were taken by Luc Viatour (www.Lucnix.be), Ruth Jensen, Ursula Roseeu, Dohduhdah, AlexRK, and John Petranka.

Visit Twisted Sifter to view even more examples of this awesome natural phenomenon.

Believe it or not, German photographer Heinz Maier has only been taking photos since late 2010 and says he hasn’t settled on a specific form of photography as a focus. Currently he’s experimenting with macro photography and these awesome high-speed photos of water droplets that look like incredibly delicate glass sculptures.

Check out Heinz Maier’s Flickr page to view a lot more of his work.

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Photographer David Chambon has been working on an awesome series of photos featuring insects so thoroughly covered in morning dew, they appear to have been bejeweled. 

Visit Colossal to view more examples of David Chambon’s beautiful work and then head over to 500px and Flickr to see even more.

This was the 11th most popular post on Geyser of Awesome in 2012!

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Christopher of Colossal shared these photographs by Shikhei Goh, who lives and works on a small industrialized island called Batam Island, which is a 45 minute boat ride south of Singapore. Goh calls himself a “macro addict” and indeed his portfolio is loaded with incredible photographs of the local flora and fauna of Batam from turtles, lizards, birds and especially insects. We agree with Christopher who said,  ”My favorite images are his intimate shots of insect eyes that appear metallic and almost robotic.” So awesome! See more of Shikhei Goh's fantastic photos over on 500px.

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