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I've loved Lava Lamps since they first came on the scene in the psychedelic sixties.  In fact, I have two vintage lights from that era that still work just fine.  And, of course, several modern ones.

One pesky thing about Lava Lamps is that if you don't turn them off every so often, they quit "lava'ing".  A blob of lava tends to form in the center of the lamp and become metastatic.  I now have a timer on my lamps that turns them off for 4 hours every day.

Before I installed the timer, I came into the living room one morning and noticed one of my vintage lights had formed the most amazing looking blob.  I grabbed a digicam and a tripod and went to work.  Over the course of the next hour or so, the blob gradually mutated into several interesting shapes.

Without further ado, I present for your viewing enjoyment, "The blob".  As usual, click the thumbnails for full size pictures.

Oh, and before you ask, no, I don't know what's inside Lava lamps.  There are a number of theories to be found on the net and there is a patent that you can read.  I've looked at all that stuff and I still don't know for sure.  I've not been willing to open one of mine.




And of course I had to try my hand at artsy-fartsy stuff.  I call this one "Snowstorm on the Sun.