The Snowflake Man

3n_Christmas CountdownIf I was to compose a list of awe-inspiring, endearing people, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley would surely make my top ten. Born February 9, 1865 in Jericho, Vermont, Mr. Bentley was a pioneer in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.¹

Bentley's stunning images

Bentley’s stunning images

Snowflake Bentley

Wilson A. Bentley, (1865-1931)

He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated. He would go on to capture more than 5000 snowflakes during his lifetime, not finding any two alike—reminiscent of the phrase, “no two snowflakes are alike”.

“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.”

Mr. Bentley was a treasure and gift. Enjoy just a few of the amazing captures on this page and be sure to visit the official site of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley at http://snowflakebentley.com/,

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5 (NIV)

¹Ref: <http://snowflakebentley.com/bio.htm>

Snowflake Bentley Exhibit in Jericho, Vermont http://www.jerichohistoricalsociety.org/museum.htm#e

“How to Make Snowflakes” by my daughter CeCe,

Thank you Ce Ce : ) Luv Mom

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