A real snowflake

My kids and I made paper snowflakes this winter out of our names. They’re really quite beautiful. But my kids weren’t at all convinced that REAL snow looks like that. So I took this picture.

Closeup of a snowflake
Closeup of a snowflake

It was actually somewhat complicated — my camera kept wanting to overexpose the picture, and when you’re talking pictures of things this tiny and this close up with so little contrast, it’s sortof hard to focus. So this isn’t nearly as pretty as the flakes looked to my eyes, and I’m sure if I had a microscope or even a magnifying glass they’d be more beautiful. But here it is anyway.

By the way, years ago someone kicked my CAN in the snowflake arena … Check out the work of Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley. Maybe if I hang this cool snowflake thermometer poster in my office, winter will be a little more bearable. πŸ™‚ Especially when I look around and realize that most of my snowflakes are the lovely Fernlike Stellar Dendrites — which shows that my weather isn’t so bad as it could be πŸ™‚ And this poster is super fly too.

Still more information on the coolness of snowflakes can be found at snowcrystals.com. Have fun!


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