Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley

"Under the microscope, I found that 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."

Wilson 'Snowflake' Bentley. 
- the first person to photograph a single snowflake.


  1. Ahh - but it's never as simple as it seems, right? Wilson Bentley was pilloried for supposedly 'enhancing' his photographs after no one else in the academic community could replicate them - all the snowflakes they found were imperfect. More here - from the wonderful RadioLab podocast I listened to as I drove home for Christmas - http://www.radiolab.org/2012/dec/17/snowflakes/ - the full eposide is 'Bliss' - here http://www.radiolab.org/2012/dec/17/

    Love the blog, btw.

  2. Everyday's a school day, as they say. Ta for the information. And the compliment.


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