For an up close look at water, Walter Wick’s photos have no rivals. Adhesion, surface tension and more common water phenomena (condensation, evaporation, dew, snow, clouds) are made clear through careful explanations and descriptive pictures. A set of experiments as well as a note on the author are in the back pages.
We tried floating a pin for the surface tension experiment, and after one fluke success and several failures to replicate, we resorted to floating the pin on a tiny, damp scrap of paper. When the paper sunk, the pin floated! Be prepared for several tries–and keep several pins on hand so you don’t have to keep diving for the sunken pin.
For more water cycle resources, see http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/followadrip.html