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December 3rd – third day of Advent

December 3, 2008

I love snow.

SNOW

Sometime this winter if you go
To walk in soft new-falling snow
When flakes are big and come down slow

To settle on your sleeve as bright
As star that couldn’t wait for night,
You won’t know what you have in sight-

Another world – unless you bring
A magnifying glass.  This thing
We call a snowflake is the king

Of crystals.  Do you like surprise?
Examine him three times his size:
At first you won’t believe your eyes.

Stars look alike, but flakes do not:
No two the same in all the lot
That you will get in any spot

You chance to be, for every one
Come spinning through the sky has none
But his own window-wings of sun:

Joints, points, and crosses.  What could make
Such lacework with no crack or break?
In billions, no mistakes?
David McCord

Snow is not a prerequisite of winter, or the holiday season.  I just happen to love snow, and it has always been a part of my holiday.  Have you ever heard of Wilson “Snowflake” Bently?  Well, if you had been one of my students, you would know all about him!

A self educated farmer, Bentley attracted world attention with his pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (commonly known as snowflakes). By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, and years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snow crystal in 1885.

You can learn more about this dedicated man on his personal website.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2008 5:34 pm

    I love snow, too. And Bently sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing that.

    You’re welcome, Andi. It is snowing more today!! A couple more inches – keeping everything nice and clean.
    Snowflake Bently was a pretty incredible, very focused, guy. He photos of “snow crystals” are so beautiful. You can get a book of them from Dover.

  2. December 4, 2008 7:39 am

    this is totally COOL! I love this slide. You always find such visuals to use in your blog. And guess what? It’s snowing here.

    Hey Oh!! Thanks. It is still snowing here, too. I have been researching jackets and boots for the pup. She is not happy when her little tootsies get icicles between them, and she needs a new jacket, too. Did you find some new boots? I bought bright blue ones last year, and they are so toasty.

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