It’s been snowing on and off here all day. I love snow, and the fact that some of it is settling makes me happy! I went out for a walk in it before (mostly to get some firewood). It’s lovely being surrounded by swirling snowflakes.

The actual snowflakes themselves are quite beauiful too. Hexagonal crystalline forms, created because of the way water molecules bind to each other when they crystallise. Crystallising in the air (homogeneous nucleation) makes them form the beautifully symmetric dendritic structures that we all know and love.

The image is from the Bentley Snow Crystal Collection, hosted at the Buffalo Museum of Science. If you have time, go and have a look. Some of them are beautiful! They were originally photographed by Wilson A. Bentley, pioneering scientist and photographer — and the first person ever to succesfully photograph snow crystals. His first photograph was taken in 1885. The images on the website (and those at the museum itself) are his unaltered original images, taken on glass slides under a microscope.

Truly beautiful.

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