A Trio of Snowflakes
I will never give "Snowflake" Bentley or Kenneth Libbrecht any competition with photos like this, but at least I can sort of show what an individual snowflake looks like. ;)These snowflakes were photographed on March 8, 2008. Their symmetry is so pretty! These are the dendrite type of snowflake. There are also plates, columns and needles. Dendrites are the prettiest and most delicate; they form when the air temperature is at 3 to 10 degrees F. I needed a sheltered, cold, flat, dull, black surface to get a good photo --- the shelf of the gas grill worked perfectly! Mr. Bentley and Mr. Libbrecht used microscopes to get their breathtaking photos of snowflakes, this one was taken with a 105mm macro lens.
I had a hard time getting this photo due to the biting wind, my watering eyes, and getting-colder-by-the-minute fingers. Once I had just focused on a beautiful snowflake and a gust of wind blew it away! :( Since it is nearly impossible to take pictures wearing thick ski gloves, I have some thin neoprene shooters' (as in guns) gloves that I wear, they are ok for a while, but eventually the cold penetrates. Working with a macro lens is tricky because of the very narrow depth of field, you can see the small strip of the photo that is in sharp focus.