Saturday, January 8, 2011


"As a snowflake falls, it tumbles through many different environments, [s]o the snowflake that you see on the ground is deeply affected by the different temperatures, humidities, velocities, turbulences, etc, that it has experienced on the way," says Australian science writer Karl Kruszelnicki, quoted by Adam Gopnik, quoted by Sam Crane — The Dao of Snowflakes.

The article makes mention of the photographer whose work graces this post, "the compelling figure of Wilson (Snowflake) Bentley, the great snowflake-ologist, hero of the best movie Frank Capra never made." As an aside, "Ancient Chinese scholars were the first to note the sixfold symmetry of snow crystals" — Snowflakes and the Ancient Chinese .

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