Snowflake Study

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    Type: Photographs

    Date: 1890

    Image ID: RU 31 Box 12 Folder 17

    Description: Wilson A. Bentley first became fascinated with snow during his childhood on a Vermont farm, and he experimented for years with ways to view individual snowflakes in order to study their crystalline structure. He eventually attached a camera to his microscope, and in 1885 he successfully photographed the flakes. This photomicrograph and more than five thousand others supported the belief that no two snowflakes are alike, leading scientists to study his work and publish it in numerous scientific articles and magazines. In 1903 Bentley sent prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian, hoping they might be of interest to Secretary Samuel P. Langley.

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    Repository:Smithsonian Institution Archives

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    1. PatrickNormandin 53 months ago | reply

      this shot is wonderful!

    2. miquelet 53 months ago | reply

      ‎"la neige est un poème. Un poème qui tombe des nuages en flocons blancs et légers. "

      Maxence Fermine

    3. Smithsonian Institution 52 months ago | reply

      Hi miquelet-

      Thank you for the beautiful poem. A blog post featuring your comment and this poem can be found at THE BIGGER PICTURE:

      Catherine Shteynberg
      Smithsonian Institution Archives

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