Monday, January 11, 2010

Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) was a farmer who did pioneering work in photomicrography. In 1885, Bentley became the first person to photograph a single snowflake, and went on to capture over 5,000 snowflake images during his lifetime (without finding two that were the same).
In 1931, Bentley, who became known as "the Snowflake Man," published over 2,000 images in his unprecedented book, "
Snow Crystals."
"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind,"
Bentley said of his work.
I hope everyone was able to play in the snow last Friday!