13 Perfect Snowflakes Captured in Photos

Snowflake on a dark blue background
A perfect, single snowflake. Mariia Tagirova/Shutterstock

Snowflakes — those intricate, one-of-a-kind ice crystals — form when precipitation falls through varying levels of humidity and temperatures in the air. While plenty has been written about the science of snow, we're focusing on the sheer beauty of them. Here are some to study and admire, with a nod to some beautiful frost as well.

snowflakes on a back window
Snowflakes show their individual flair, even in a group. Joanna Poe [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr
frost in the grass
Frost makes the grass look like glass shards. AJC1 [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr
Snowflake lands in a person's hair
Snowflakes land where they please, even in a person's hair. Gui Seiz [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr
snowflakes close-up
Snowflake crystals look so beautiful when you look at them up close. Bobkov Evgeniy/Shutterstock
Snowflakes photographed along the curve of an airplane's window.
Snowflakes photographed along the curve of an airplane's window. ~ezs [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr
A beautiful snowflake on a bright blue background
The snow contrasts beautifully with the blue. deldevries [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr
frost on the window
Frost on the window looks like art. MerelyRachel [CC BY-ND 2.0]/Flickr
Frost crystals that look like fern, beautiful winter frosty pattern made of brittle transparent crystals on the glass
The crystals in frost can even look like ferns. Bachkova Natalia/Shutterstock
whole snowflakes rest on a plank
Perfect, whole snowflakes rest on a plank of wood. Doug Waldron [CC BY-SA 2.0]/Flickr
snowflakes in young girl's eyelashes
You're supposed to catch snowflakes on your tongue, but eyelashes will do in a pinch. blessings/Shutterstock
Snowflake on a dark blue background
A perfect, single snowflake. Mariia Tagirova/Shutterstock
Snowflake pile-up
Even piled on top of one another, individual snowflakes still find a way to stand out from the crowd. Cristian H. Gomez/Shutterstock
Rice-like snow lands on a leaf
Snow doesn't always end up on the ground. Sometimes it ends on fallen leaves. Rosmarie Voegtli [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr