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!)