Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snowflakes Magnified

Here in southern Virginia, we are blanketed in splendiferous snow--see the pictures in posts below this one. I hear it's the biggest area snowfall in 25 years and we are supposed to get twelve to sixteen inches of it. Unfortunately for poor British Columbia, they can't get any, and the Olympics are just a mere two weeks away. Anyway, we are all full of wonder around here, and my grandson was asking me about snowflakes, which led to an internet search, which led to these incredible micro-photographs.
Awe-inspiring.










Pictures from Wilson A. Bentley, The Snowflake Man, public domain

"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
1865-1931



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It makes you wonder why people choose evolution over intelligent design.
Gary

karen gerstenberger said...

These are miraculous, Karen; I loved seeing them. It makes me want to print them out and hang them on a wall. How creative God is - enough creativity to make every one of them different! And there are so many, falling every year somewhere, for all time. What tender loving detail. Thank you for pointing this out to your grandson, and to us. XO

Anna Flowergardengirl™ said...

This why I loved teaching biology. It's not the wonder of science. It's the beauty of creation. There is example after example of order and not chaos. A God of perfect planning. The intricacies of the intricacies. Just when one microscope can peer inside a tiny microscopic organism and they discover a new and exciting thing....there is yet more to marvel beyond that even more microscopic. It is infinite.
Holdiing your heart in mine today!♥

Daisy said...

Wow! Never ceases to amaze me though I'm surrounded by the stuff for too many months of the year.

Mich

Anonymous said...

I think secretly you are kind of loving this snow? I have a book with pictures of snowflakes, it is nice to look at when sitting by the fire. Put your snuggys on and enjoy the moment. Love Sharon

Anonymous said...

Each snowflake different and unique, but when together make a beautiful impact on the world.

The body of Christ is like that - we are all unique,different gifts...and if we all came together - what an impact we could make for Christ in the world!

lvi