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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Any snowflake...

Wilson Bentley was a self educated scientist and photographer who achieved his greatest fame 100 years ago by perfecting the method of photography snowflakes to prove once an for all that each snowflake was indeed unique. Today there is a "Snowflake Bentley Museum" in Vermont displaying his many photographs, and a few years ago, a charming children's book by Jacqueline Briggs won the Caldecott award by documenting his story in stunning woodblock prints by Mary Azarian. Even if his photographs had no scientific value, they are amazing to view, a fascinating, humbling  and grounding reminder of a simple beauty in nature which we take for granted.

Below, are a few permanent snowflakes, and first, a tasty and pretty macaroon:

 check out the snowflake Converse!

a pretty  paper snowflake ornament:

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand--and melting like a snowflake...”
...Francis Bacon

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