I want em’ all they’re so cute!
Wilson Alwyn Bentley. (1865-1931) Photographs of snowflakes. Bentley was a 19 year old Vermont farmer in 1885. He was the first person to successfully produce a photograph of snow or ice crystals. He did this by magnifying the crystals he gathered at 69 to 3,000 times on glass plates. He devised his own camera. He attached bellows to the microscope, along with wood splints, turkey feathers and a black board. Through the images he captured he discovered that every ice crystal is unique and grows symmetrically in a 6-sided hexagon around a tiny nucleus. (description by “RJ” posted on Drawn Association, 25 September 2009)