Wilson A. Bentley was a self-educated farmer from the small town of Jericho, Vermont. In 1885 he attracted world attention by becoming the first person to photograph a single snow crystal by adapting a microscope to a bellows camera. His obsession led to over five thousand photographs, no two alike.
There is a museum in Jericho devoted to Bentley's passion. For those of you that can not make the trip, Dover Publications has issued a soft-covered copy of his original 1931 book, "Snow Crystals", with more than two thousand images. You can also visit www.snowflakebentley.com.
In the meantime, here are a few of his extraordinary images.
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Snowflakes, like people, are all different and beautiful, but they can be a nuisance when they lose their identity in a mob.