Snowflakes: “Miracles of beauty”

If there is one thing on my mind today it has got to be SNOW!  After shoveling about 12” of it yesterday it’s hard to get off my mind (or my back!).  Knowing that no two snowflakes are alike and then looking at the massive accumulation of those flakes it is pretty darn impressive.  Then, when I think about the fact that Wilson Bentley discovered this amazing fact in my town of Jericho, Vermont it somehow feels even more awesome and breathtaking.  We’re pretty snowflake oriented in Jericho, but who can blame us?!  There are some things that are too incredible to ignore.  Check out some of his original photomicrography images here

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

-Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, 1925

Original slide image by Wilson Bentley


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