The Unbelievable World of Snowflakes

The first photograph of a snowflake

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stellar plate snowflake photo
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It wasn't until January 15, 1885, however, that a snowflake was photographed. Using a process involving black felt backgrounds he developed on his family's Vermont farm, Wilson Bentley was able to capture the ephemeral crystals on film. He went on to take thousands of photographs of snow crystals, paving the way for advanced taxonomic studies of snow.

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