|photo by Sherry Ott|
|Photos by Wilson Bentley, 1902|
First, there are the historic photos of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, born just over a century ago in Vermont, and the first person to photograph closeups of snowflakes. Starting as a teenager, he jury-rigged a microscope and an early bellows camera. After much experimentation, he managed to capture the intricate beauty of snow, taking over 5,000 snowflake photos in his lifetime.
|courtesy of the USDA|
This time lapse work comes courtesy of the guru of snow, physicist Kenneth Libbrecht. He takes photos much like Wilson Bentley, but in colour, and using polarized light. He's also the pioneer of home made snow in his lab. It is truly stupendous to watch, and is all available at his amazing website, snowcrystals.com.
Enjoy the show.