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Capillary Action

Several factors are involved in capillary action. The first is cohesion, the tendency of molecules of a substance to stick together. Water is a cohesive element, with a level of cohesion, which creates a high degree of surface tension. When water is spilled on a table, it tends to stick together in a puddle, rather than spreading out, because it is cohesive.

The second factor is adhesion, the tendency of some substances to be drawn to unlike substances. In the example of a tree and the water in the ground, the liquid is drawn to the cellulose fibers in the tree trunk, which form small capillaries known as xylem. As the fluid adheres, it creates a meniscus, a small curve, along the edges of the xylem. The surface tension in the water causes the water to climb up as the meniscus forms, because the water molecules want to stay together, and a new meniscus will form as the water is drawn further up into the tree. Without any effort on its part, the tree can draw the water all the way up into its top branches.

~ Lessa Morfee


Group aesthetics

Here are some of my proposals for the aesthetics of our group. It uses the extreme close-up of the eye vein in a subtle and soft composition. Let me know what you think.

experiment the eye

We enjoyed discovering the different internal structures of an eye ball from a pig. We cut away at it and photographed our findings. We discovered an interesting transition from when the eye ball looked like something solid and whole to after we cut into it and how it transformed into something fluid and delicate but also dark and cloudy. We believe the way we perceive our surroundings and the state of seeing is important in how we interpret what wellington will be like in 2040.


Lessa, Lou, Craig, Nic & Jisook


To keep our group on task and help with project management I have created an account on Viewpath which has all the submission dates and the different elements to make each submission ready for completion.







~ Lessa

DLF Project Critique

100 Billion

This project focuses on storing information and memories for future generation and that wisdom is valued over power.

We like how this project looks into the idea of ‘ moving forward while also moving closer to nature’. The objects or materials of the everyday have found a way to adjust to the environment around them in relation to human needs. The images of the different experiments was very beautiful and well composed – below was one of the favourites.

We did think that its content and philosophy got a bit lost in the information they gave. We think they there was a lot of good points but how they were related weren’t as clear.











~ Written by Lessa, Discussed by whole group

Intricate iris

These images were interesting in how they illustrate the iris, as this bold, colourful and yet intricate section of the eye.

The iris of the eye

The colored part of the eye is called the iris. It controls light levels inside the eye similar to the aperture on a camera.  The round opening in the center of the iris is called the pupil. The iris is embedded with tiny muscles that dilate (widen) and constrict (narrow) the pupil size.

Iris - eye anatomy

The sphincter muscle lies around the very edge of the pupil. In bright light, the sphincter contracts, causing the pupil to constrict. The dilator muscle runs radially through the iris, like spokes on a wheel.  This muscle dilates the eye in dim lighting.

The iris is flat and divides the front of the eye (anterior chamber) from the back of the eye (posterior chamber). Its color comes from microscopic pigment cells called melanin. The color, texture, and patterns of each person’s iris are as unique as a fingerprint.

~ Lessa