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Embrace the snow

William Bentley takes a photo of a snowflake with his bellows camera and attached microscope. Of the over 5,000 snowflakes he photographed, no two were alike. He published many of the photographs in the book, “Snow Crystals”, which is still in print.

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Whether you love it or hate it, snow is an inevitable part of winter in Kansas. In view of that fact, it might help your mental outlook to view snow as Vermont farmer Wilson Bentley did in the late 1800s, and see the beauty in each individual snowflake.
Describing snowflakes as “tiny miracles of beauty”, Bentley made photographing snowflakes and recording meteorological information his life’s work. In January 1885 Bentley photographed the first individual snow crystal using a bellows camera with an attached microscope. He collected snowflakes during frequent New England snow storms, quickly transferring them to a cold ...


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