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.”

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

It’s January. It snows.

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