Sunday, January 18, 2009

Snowflake pictures

It is snowing again today--big, light flakes. Inspired by In the Sparrow's Nest, I went out and took some pictures of these snowflakes. When you really take the time to observe them, like while trying to photograph them, you realize just how big they are.

The detail is amazing. You can clearly see in these photos that each has six sides and is unique. As you can see, the flakes show up best on a dark background, and you should let it get cold enough so that the flakes don't melt when they land on it. (Given that our temperatures are somewhere in the high 20's right now, it didn't take too long.)

You don't have to be as close as these photos appear; these are cropped, so at an arm's length you still get great detail.

Check out information on Wilson A. Bentley, The Snowflake Man, for more about these marvelous creations. (Thanks, Melissa!)




6 comments:

Cheryl said...

Beautiful snowflakes. Good camara catch! Melissa has inspired us all.
We watched the snow fall this morning and read about Snowflake Bentley while we waited for Daddy to come pick us up for church.

Makita said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to get my camera back so I can get out there... We read Snowflake Bentley the other day (our 1st time) - great story!

Jimmie said...

Wonderful captures. We live in a place where it's cold, but no snow. :-(

Melissal89 said...

Kris, I love these snowflake photos! Great job on them! I'd be embarrassed to say how many photos I've taken, I love it so much. I've had so many people be amazed and ask me where I saw snowflakes like that. I always tell them they're like that all the time, people just don't take the time to notice them!

Blessings, Melissa
www.homeschoolblogger.com/melissal89

Anonymous said...

I just saw a book on Amazon today from a more modern snowflake photographer. His name is Kenneth Libbrecht (sp). Check out his book samples for some INCREDIBLE photos. He even has a snowflake field guide.

Kris said...

Speaking of Kenneth Libbrecht, here is a link to see his snowflake photography taken through a microscope.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/gallery/2009/jan/07/1?picture=341408044

I'll post this as an entry...