The Science Photo of the Day

The Science Photo of the Day lets me combine photography with science. You can use these as bell work, to stimulate scientific discussions, as practice researching information, or as a source of fun trivia. Some are easy. Others can be quite challenging. Often they come from whatever I happen to be doing that day. I try to post at least four or five Science Photos every week, but that can vary if I am in an area with no internet.

The most recent photo will not have an answer yet, but you can click on it to leave a guess or comment. For older photos, click to see the answer. Past photos are also listed in the right column on the category pages, making it easy to find Science Photos that tie in with what you are currently studying.

Tater101 wrote on Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:38:

After I watched your Scaring Pepper Bloopers,my tummy made a weird sound. lol

Tater101 wrote on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 16:29:

Mr. Kramph do you post a picture everyday?

Tater101 wrote on Sun, 10/20/2013 - 18:59:

I love your videos! They are funny and at the same time I can learn a lot. Your pictures are awesome and i wish i could do it!
Mary age 12

P.S I love your bloopers=>

Selfdesign wrote on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 17:34:

you roccccccccccccccck

Selfdesign wrote on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 17:33:

can you make a video about a volcano

complady wrote on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 17:25:

nice to meet you and your wife. my sister and me have loved it so much.

selkiesilverseal wrote on Mon, 08/12/2013 - 11:34:

I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ccc.hamilton wrote on Fri, 05/03/2013 - 10:53:

I love you! You are awesome in every way.Your vidos make me happy!!!!!!!

Sencerly,Emily Age 10

kittygirl wrote on Thu, 01/17/2013 - 07:48:

thank uuuuuuuuuu soooooo much for everything!! :)

complady wrote on Sat, 12/01/2012 - 15:58:

you so rock you r nice so! nice + you need to have a good day + have fun

budgysmom wrote on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 12:34:

You are the best scientist I've ever known, or, seen videos of!!!! Don't ever stop! You help me see science in a different way, not books or boring things, but nature and everyday life! And I applaud and thank you for that!!

Your number 1 fan

~ Hannah Age 11

complady wrote on Sat, 08/31/2013 - 17:29:

im his big big big fan 1

Anonymous wrote on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 18:45:

we see so many of these videos we think that they are funny videos!

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 11/29/2011 - 19:34:

Thank you very much for the contribution, you always have interesting things in your blog, I hope you continue well friend, luck.

Anonymous wrote on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 06:01:

Mr. Krampf,

I am a great little fan of yours. I have seen all your free videos. I have enjoyed them very much. I also love to watch the photo of the day section.
I always learn something when I watch them.

If you come to Kolkata in India, please e-mail me so that I can meet you.

I also want to talk to you in skype like my dad does with his friends in America.

Asmita Pal
Calcutta Girls High School
Kolkata, India

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 11/01/2011 - 14:39:

You are very nice to say that.

brevard wrote on Thu, 02/10/2011 - 11:24:

my teacher shows us your videos everyday and i enjoy them very well elizabeth fletcher

Anonymous wrote on Sat, 01/15/2011 - 18:55:

I love your pictures they are fun to comment on, and I learn something almost every day. Thanks for putting the pictures on for us to do. Kinsey:)

Anonymous wrote on Fri, 11/19/2010 - 17:05:

you rock mr.krampf i love your pictures of the day ive been commenting on them there really coll i learn something new from your pictures almost everyday you rock

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 22:10:


My students and I recently discovered your website and I am "in love". The students love looking at the photo of the day and have even started commenting from their homes in the evenings. I have put a request in to subscribe to the site and can't wait to see what else you have in store for us. Also, we are in Florida and I'm interested in a school visit. I'd love some information on this.

April Bolkosky

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 20:09:

It's Eli Whitlney my class Mrs.Boklosky's class rules

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 11/16/2010 - 19:42:

I love your pictures they are so fun to comment on. Thanks for putting the pictures on here so we can have fun commenting on them. Kinsey

Jillio wrote on Thu, 09/01/2011 - 13:53:

thanks !!!!!

Anonymous wrote on Mon, 11/15/2010 - 16:35:

my teacher LOVVEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSS you her name is Mrs.bolksky

mcclatch wrote on Sun, 11/07/2010 - 13:52:

See above. I wait each week for a new video, but they come out less and less often. I have only recently started looking at the daily science photos. I've answered several correctly, but most of the time it is because I know what to look for on google.

Macklow wrote on Mon, 11/01/2010 - 21:47:

Hello! I just wanted to let you know that our homeschool group always look forward to their Tuesday afternoons with The Happy Scientist. We have only one question: we are not quite sure which we get more out of the videos: entertainment or enlightenment.... I think it's the mix of the two that works so well! Thank you for your passion to teach science!

Anonymous wrote on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 16:26:

hi im Hallie but my friends call me Hal.Today I saw you at the proforming art center. my parents would like to see pictures so if you have some please post them.I cant wait to show my parents what you did.It was so amazing when you made electricity come out of your fingers. my parents cant belive that happened.

hope you come back soon and do another show.


rkrampf wrote on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 22:00:

Even better than photos, you can show them some video at:

Anonymous wrote on Fri, 09/10/2010 - 16:07:

today I went on a feild trip to see you at the art scenter and i was hoping you would have pictures so I could show my parents.

Anonymous wrote on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 20:46:




florida teacher (not verified) wrote on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 10:04:

awsome............................................................ so does my teacher thats what were doing right now

Alfie7 wrote on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 01:40:

you are right

Anonymous wrote on Wed, 03/17/2010 - 19:24:

i am in the the 5th grade and I think u are so cooll!!!!!!

Glory Stone

Anonymous wrote on Mon, 04/26/2010 - 14:28:


manatee wrote on Thu, 02/18/2010 - 12:45:

is it trying to exscape its shell ? it looks very strange !

highlands wrote on Fri, 06/11/2010 - 15:43:

manatee are cool an awesome they are in danger so how would hate manatees please love manatees they help us manatees have been in danger for months or even a year now my name is shenita and my reqest an reply is care about manatees please they need food water and trust worthy please help the needy NOW THANKS remeber to help if you have any questions go to the big help /nick and don't forget the oil spill and the gulf

skottinger wrote on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 16:13:

Dear Mr. Krampf,

I was looking through some experiments that we missed while we were on vacation in the Smoky Mountains. You talked about cup and saucer webs, and said that the insects fly into the cup and bounce onto the sticky saucer. I read at a museum in the Smokies about cup and saucer webs, and it said that the spider waits between the saucer and cup for an insect to fly into the cup and get stuck, and then goes up and eats the insect. They don't know what the saucer is for. They think it is for protecting the spider from predators when it's waiting for a bug. Are there two different kinds of cup and saucer webs, or are you just smarter (hee hee hee)?

Rachel, age 10

rkrampf wrote on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 17:30:

Great question. Researching, I found that there are several different kinds of spider that have the common name "cup and saucer," and they seem to use their webs in different ways. Thanks!

farrkids wrote on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 02:08:

Well, Mr. Krampf, I must thank you for the wonder-filled work you do here on the site. I have recommended it to all the mom's I know in hopes of supporting you.

As an example of the good impression you are making on the kids who watch your videos, I will tell you of my youngest daughter. She is a free spirit and independent as the day is long, and I overheard her the other day in the kitchen doing her own "krampf video experiment" complete with the cadence of your voice and slight accent! (I should have grabbed my video camera!)

You have truly brought science to life in our home and have got us all thinking scientifically. Even my 17 yo who is preparing to take SAT and ACT stops by for a visit and enjoys the lessons.

Thank you.
The Farrs

rkrampf wrote on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 09:28:

Thank you so much for the kind words. You made my day.

Anonymous wrote on Wed, 11/18/2009 - 22:13:

your videos are SO cool. some day i want to be a scientist!

Anonymous wrote on Sat, 07/25/2009 - 13:21:

The site looks great ! Thanks for all your help ( past, present and future !)

Anonymous wrote on Tue, 05/05/2009 - 13:52:

As a homeschooling mom, I was so happy to find your site! It is as enjoyable for me as it is for my son - maybe more! I preferred your quicktime video, we do have high speed capability and this one seemed the most "true". Thank you for helping us to see our world a bit better and to really think about it.

Anonymous wrote on Fri, 04/24/2009 - 09:42:

I am a 13 yr old girl and I think your science experiment are great! I always watch the videos and I especially liked the "pick a string" one.All my family were fooled !
also the one were the flowers changed colour was cool.

Anonymous wrote on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 15:12:


I "discovered" you on the iTunes Experiment of the Week podcast. I was wondering why there were not any new videos recently so I decided to try to you. I checked the link to your website and I am glad to have "found" you again!

I was wondering if I could find out about your background and why you decided to make the videos?

I was also wondering where you call home? I noticed from another comment that you recently spoke at Walnut Creek Civic Arts. Are you local to the bay area? Do you have any more scheduled appearances?

I am a homeschooling MoM and I love the way I can search your website by topic or California Standards. My boys are very inspired by your videos. They make teaching and learning fun.

I will be signing up today for your expanded access on the website. Thanks so much for your videos and experiments.

Happy Thoughts

rkrampf wrote on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 15:38:

I was at a point where I was being pulled in all directions with my live presentations. Video allows me to reach more people in a week than I could in a year with live presentations. It also lets me continue to produce new content, instead of presenting the same program over and over. But when you get right down to it, its fun. I have always liked learning new things, and with video there is so much to learn, and so many ways to use it.

Home, at least for now, is Florida, but we travel quite a bit. We are looking at a trip west soon, in search of new places to tape.

Anonymous wrote on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 23:42:

Dear Mr. Krampf,

Last week I went to your show at the Civic Arts plaza. It was great!! I have a question, what were the names of the two devices you used on stage. One generated static electricity and the other you used in an experiment where you stood on a tray with water in it and wearing a copper glove electricity shot out of the fingers. I was hoping to write their names in my journal.


rkrampf wrote on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 23:51:

The device that generated static electricity is called a Van de Graaff Electrostatic Generator, invented by Robert Van de Graaff. The other device is a Tesla Coil, invented by Nikola Tesla.

Glad you liked the performance.

Anonymous wrote on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 20:23:

Where do amps come from?

rkrampf wrote on Sat, 02/21/2009 - 08:35:

An amp is a measure of how much current you have, basically the number of electrons that are flowing past a point. One amp means that 6.2 billion billion electrons are passing the point every second.

As for where they come from, the electrons are always there. It just takes energy to push them. That energy can be chemical (battery), magnetic (generator), light (photoelectric cell), or just about any form of energy.

Does that answer your question?