What better metaphor is there for the dwindling of summer than the melting of ice cream?

In this surreal time-lapse video, ice cream bars and popsicles are left out to melt on a patch of sand. The clip is by the Macro Room, which also did that trippy time-lapse video of pills dissolving in water.

It's a strangely sorrowful experience to stand idly by and watch as these sweet frozen treats descend into soupy puddles — a feeling that's sure to resonate with anyone who calls summer their favorite time of year.

Sure, many folks out there are celebrating the increasingly shorter days and cooler temperatures, but there's plenty of others who are savoring the last vestiges of hot weather and mourning the inevitable change of the seasons. In a world where pumpkin spice products become available in stores as early as August, we don't blame them.

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.