I came across Ken Libbrecht’s website a few days ago and emailed him to get permission to display some of his fantastic snowflake photos here. Ken’s website pretty well covers everything you would ever need or want to know about snow crystals and flakes. It is a very impressive piece of work there are sections on fossil snowflakes, historical snowflakes and photographing snowflakes and much much more. But most impressive is his dedication to snowflake photography and his photos.
Ken has even written a section explaining on how to make your own snow at home. Great for those like us who are in the middle of summer yet feel the urge to make some snowballs or decorate the Christmas tree which the real stuff or maybe just plain photograph it.
Photographing snowflakes has quite a history starting with I believe Wilson Bentley in the 1900’s who was a farmer and photomicrographer, who during his lifetime captured some 5000 snow crystal images. A pretty impressive feat in those days. More than 2000 have been published in his famous book, Snow Crystals, which is still in print today. Some of his images from Bentley’s collection can be seen at the W.A.Bentley web site.