“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.” —Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley 1925
Wilson A. Bentley (1865-1931) was called “The Snowflake Man”.
He was a self taught farmer who became the first person to ever photograph a single snowflake.
He used a process called photomicrography, to capture over 5000 single snow crystals and never found one to be like another!
In 1931 he published a book titled “Snow Crystals” which showcases over 2000 images of snowflakes he captured with his microscopic camera. None of the images are alike!
What an amazing testimony to the wondrous works of God! Who but God could create miracles!
And He does this over and over! Millions of tiny snow crystals have fallen to the earth over the years, only to quickly disappear without much notice. Think about that the next time you see snow falling or have to be out in it. Stop for a moment, pick some up, and marvel at the miracle you hold in your hand. Just as our fingerprints are unique to each of us, so is each snowflake that drops down from the sky, It is a wondrous work, specially made by our Creator God!
Take some time to check out Wilson A. Bentley’s website
which features some of his snowflake images which are on display at the Historical Society in his hometown of Jericho, Vermont.
The images are truly amazing to see! There you will also find his biography and other interesting information.
Other links you might enjoy visiting are:
Make a Flake--create your own snowflake online
Snow Crystals—A site all about snowflakes