Bentley Snowflakes

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Based on both arts and science, once a beautiful reality, all these snowflake images survived time. They were captured by Wilson Bentley (1865?1931), a passionate snow crystals photographer, around 1902. He developed an interesting technique of catching flakes on black velvet before they either melted or sublimated: “each crystal was caught on a blackboard and transferred rapidly to a microscope slide.”

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?Quick, the first flakes are coming; the couriers of the coming snow storm. Open the skylight, and directly under it place the carefully prepared blackboard, on whose ebony surface the most minute form of frozen beauty may be welcome from cloud-land. The mysteries of the upper air are about to reveal themselves, if our hands are deft and our eyes quick enough.??Wilson A. Bentley, “The Story of the Snow Crystals? Harper’s Monthly Magazine, 104 (1901:Dec.-1902:May).

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Source: Wikimedia Commons, Bentley Snow Crystal Collection
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Irina Alexandra is a young entrepreneur and architect, with a passion for miracles and weirdness of life.

She has been writing articles on Weirdomatic for the last 7 years in a search for all the amazing things we tend to ignore.

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7 Responses to “Bentley Snowflakes”

  1. Beautiful.

    I’ve got plenty falling outside the window at the moment!

  2. I don’t… this winter it snowed so little…

  3. pretty wild looking and no 2 are ever the same. I’m looking at alot of them in my yard, I’m ready for spring.

  4. you’re lucky 😉

  5. Makes one contemplate the infinite.

  6. we never get any snow in Texas

  7. the pictures remind me of Stargate Atlantis….so cool!

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