The…photographs of snowflakes were taken by Wilson A. Bentley in 1890 by means of a microscope attached to his camera. Bentley, a Vermont native, was a pioneer in photomicrography and captured the very first photographic images of snowflakes.

When asked about his work, Bentley responded, “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. I became possessed with a great desire to show people something of this wonderful loveliness, an ambition to become, in some measure, its preserver.”


Above assembly of images plus additional at Inconstant Moon…even more and background via Smithsonian Institution

It’s January. It snows.