Water from tap appears magically frozen in time

Snow way! Water from tap appears magically frozen in time… before spell is broken by touch of hand in rare phenomenon caught on camera

  • Dario Bonzi, 28, spotted rare natural phenomenon at Val Camonica in the Alps
  • Jet of water appears to freeze in the spot when pouring out of an outdoor tap
  • Laminar flow occurs when the water flow is constant and free from impurities 

This is the astonishing moment a jet of flowing water appears to freeze in time – before the illusion is broken by the touch of a hand.

Dario Bonzi, 28, from Brescia, spotted the rare natural phenomenon when he was visiting Val Camonica, a large valley in the central Alps.

The video shows a jet of water coming out of a public tap – as it appears as still and glimmering as ice.


The video shows a jet of water coming out of a public water tap looking as still and glimmering as ice

However, when Mr Bonzi moves his hand through it, you can see stream breaking and flowing over his fingers.

The Italian filmmaker and photographer posted the video to social media, where it gathered more than three million views.


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Mr Bonzi said: ‘I had never seen anything like it, it looked like ice, but it was flowing water!

‘It’s a rare phenomenon which has to do with fluid dynamics.


When Dario Bonzi moves his hand through the water, you can see stream breaking and flowing over his fingers

‘It’s called a laminar flow and it is completely natural.’

According to the filmmaker, for a laminar flow to occur the water has to be free from impurities and the speed of the stream constant.

The internal surface of the tube the water is flowing from also has to be smooth.

Mr Bonzi said: ‘Every water molecule follows the trajectory of the one in front in a very precise way, the absence of wind also helps.

‘It all seems still, but it’s flowing.’

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