Environment Planet Earth Macro Photos of Snowflakes Show Impossibly Perfect Designs Snowflakes should be considered one of the great wonders of the world. By Jaymi Heimbuch Jaymi Heimbuch Twitter Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. Learn about our editorial process Updated December 23, 2020 Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock Share Twitter Pinterest Email Planet Earth Weather Outdoors Conservation One of the true wonders of the world are snowflakes, tiny designs made of ice that are so individually unique, so detailed, and so spectacular it's hard to comprehend that they happen naturally and aren't pulled from the depths of our own imaginations. Photographer Alexey Kljatov has a special talent for capturing the brief life of these beautiful ice creations. He features many of his snowflake photos on Flickr and his snowflake macro photography page. Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock Kljatov explains that he captures snowflakes on a balcony at his house, mostly on a glass surface, lighted by LED flashlight from the opposite side of the glass, and sometimes in natural light. Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock Sometimes he uses dark woolen fabrics as a background, which explains the fibers that are visible in some of the shots. Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock "Real snow crystals are amazing objects for macro photography, thanks to their beauty, uniqueness and unlimited diversity," he says on his site. Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock Even after eight winters of regular photo sessions, says Kljatov, and seeing thousands of snowflakes in all their details, "I do not get tired to admire new crystals with amazing form or an incredible inner pattern." Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock "Some people think that snowflake photography is a complex matter, and requires expensive equipment, but in fact it can be inexpensive, very interesting and quite easy, after some practice," he says. Alexey Kljatov / Shutterstock Kljatov gives detailed descriptions of his methods on his site, for those of you who want to try your own hand at this; you can also view more beautiful photos of these exquisite natural wonders there. You may never look at snowflakes in the same way again.