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The Eye of Carnegie Lake
Stephen Hiltner
Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS)
This photograph, showing an image roughly three feet wide and taken on Lake Carnegie in January, 2009, is part of an informal study of the patterns water assumes as it freezes. The study is inspired by the way water freezes in plant-shape forms on car windows and greenhouse walls. Here, the ice has assumed a shape reminiscent of an eye -- a dark pupil with rays of the iris radiating outward. The question hovering behind this study is "Are the similar shapes, taken from biological and chemical realms, related in the forces that caused their creation?"