Order and chaos

A civilised cup of tea (Earl Grey) this afternoon at my Aunt and Uncle’s house provided the photo opportunity I needed to enter the current photo competition here on the Chariot. A chance ray of sunshine lit up the water vapour as it streamed up into the air above the teapot spout as each movement in the room changed its shape and momentum – and after the tea was poured more visible clouds chaotically formed and dispersed in the sunshine.

Now all I have to do is decide which one for the competition. I took a lot of pictures to catch the varying shapes and have reduced the options to these two.


Author: Sarah

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14 thoughts on “Order and chaos”

  1. Pseu, you need to enter them both under the title, “Out of order cometh chaos.”, or some such. Good luck – these are really excellent photographs.


  2. They are both lovely, but although I understand your point about the water vapour, both photographs just portray a very civilised afternoon cup of tea.

  3. According to my two year old granddaughter, steam from cups of tea and coffee goes to Mim, her aunt. This was last week’s pronouncement and it seems quite orderly to me.

  4. I have had a problem finding a photo to fit the bill this time as every time I looked at something apparently chaotic I could, underneath it all see some order there. The steaming pot and tea, I reckon is the closest I could get to taking a picture of something like Brownian motion, which you may remember from school days physics lessons and I liked the juxtaposition of this apparent disorder hovering above the civilised and very ordered tray of tea!

  5. Chaos:
    a often capitalized :
    a state of things in which chance is supreme; especially : the confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms β€” compare cosmos
    b : the inherent unpredictability in the behavior of a complex natural system (as the atmosphere, boiling water, or the beating heart)

    I was considering the movement of the vapour, as comparable to the movement of boiling water, as described in this definition above

  6. Pseu :

    Janus, can you explain?

    I just can’t see the ‘chaos’ here, that’s all. Steam rises and spreads out but ‘chaotic’?

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