A Column Snowflake amid a jumble of other small snow crystals.
Feb. 2, 2009
On Groundhog Day we had a heavy, wet snowfall. It was enough to get school closed! So, I rushed home and put the macro lens on my camera to try and photograph some more snowflakes. Since it was right at freezing the flakes were shaped differently, many were thin plates, needles and even a few hollow columns like the one in this photo (they form at temperatures between 14 - 21 degrees F.
I took this photo on black velvet that I stapled to a piece of cardboard. The material works beautifully for snowflake photography, the fibers hold the flakes up, they are not highly reflective and the snow brushes off them easily. Now I can't wait for another snowfall! :)
Snow is white because it reflects all the colors of the spectrum.