Snowflakes

It snowed today. Not a dusting, but actual snowfall. It made me think of a remarkable man known as “Snowflake Bentley.”

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Snowflake Bentley tells the true story of Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) who grew up in Vermont. He loved snowflakes and was determined to capture them on film.

Imagephotograph by Wilson Bentley via snowflakeblentley

A self educated farmer, Bentley’s vision and determination led to being the first person to ever capture a snow crystal (snowflake) on film in 1885. During his lifetime, he captured 500 photomicrograph snowflakes.

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photograph by Wilson Bentley via snowflakebentley

“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 1925

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photograph by Wilson Bentley via snowflakebentley

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photograph by Wilson Bentley via snowflakebentley

To learn more about this scientist/artist, visit the Jericho Historical Society in Vermont or view the Snowflake Bentley Online Exhibit.

In honor of this remarkable artist, I have added a snowflake pattern from usefuldiy.

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photograph via usefuldiy

Keep in mind, this is just to get you started. Remember, no two snowflakes are alike. Try making your own design.

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