Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow Crystals

We all have heard that no two snowflakes are alike. But did you ever stop to think about how this discovery was made? I never gave this much thought until a visit to Vermont a few years ago. A tour guide recommended a visit to the snowflake museum. A snowflake museum?! How intriguing!

William A. Bentley (1865-1931) was born in Jericho, Vermont. He dedicated his life to the study of snow, frost and rain.

During his lifetime, he took over 5,000 images of snowflakes. Because of this dedication, William Bentley soon became known as "Snowflake Bentley".

To do his work, a camera was attached to a microscope and the resulting image is called a photomicrograph. Due to the fragile nature of a snowflake, this work was done in an environment that equaled the temperature where the snowflake was recovered.

As a memento of the visit to the museum, I purchased a book that contains almost half of the images captured by Mr. Bentley. You might enjoy viewing a few pages.

Mr. Bentley used the name SNOW CRYSTALS
in his work rather than snowflakes,
thus the name of the book. 

All snowflakes are six-sided hexagons.
We don't typically see smooth hexagons
and think of snowflakes
but these are common snow crystal shapes.

Images on these pages almost look like triangles.
 But closer inspection shows
the corners are flat rather than pointed
so these meet the six-sided requirement of a hexagon.  

With six rounded petals,
these images could be called ice flowers!

The final photo shows the variations
of the pointed-star shape
traditionally associated with the image of a snowflake.

Snowflakes by Linda A. Copp

Snowflakes spill from heaven's hand
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand.
A veil of wonder laced in light 
Falling Gently on a winters night. 
Graceful beauty raining down
Giving magic to the lifeless ground.
Each snowflake like a falling star
Smiling beauty that's spun afar. 
Till earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night.

Joining these lovely parties this week:
Bunny Hop at Bunny Jean's Decor and More
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home

Until next time, live and love well.

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SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

Wow, how interesting!!
Thank you for sharing :)

Greetings from Australia♥

Bunny Jean said...

Hi Debra!

I loved reading about the snowflakes. I saw something very similar on tv a few years back and was very intrigued.
This is a book I would like to buy.

Thanks for sharing it at my Bunny Hop Party this week!

xoxo Bunny Jean

The Charm of Home said...

Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

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