Winter Inspiration: SNOWFLAKES under a microscope

December 15, 2011

Nature is full of genius,
full of the divinity,
so that not a snowflake escapes
its fashioning hand.”
(Henry David Thoreau)

*image above is a REAL snowflake under
an electron microscope*

“You are not a beautiful
and unique snowflake…” 

(Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club)

*Not the most cheerful of attitudes, mind you,
but this quote is on my mind as my son
is writing an analysis of this film*

How cool are these perspectives of snowflakes?
Are you believing what your naked eye cannot see?

Patricia Rasmussen (2003)

“Snowflakes are one of
nature’s most fragile things,
but just look at
what they can do
when they stick together.”


*Ahhhhhh, now there's better food for thought,
and there's something sooooo spiritual in the
idea of snowflakes sticking together.*

December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black.

No perfectly fragile snowflakes here yet, and yet
the spirit of Christmas love can be felt everywhere you turn.

I hope we will soon find ourselves spinning under falling snow,
catching a few flakes on the tongue, and seeing,
snowflakes for what they are...

lovely and so masterfully made!

Is the wonder of these crystals dancing through earth's atmosphere
still alive in your heart?

Peace to you right where you are.

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  1. Oh they certainly are! I just hung a bunch of silver snow flakes from kitchen chandelier~they are magical.

  2. I had a blog friend who
    lost her mother this fall
    and I sent her a necklace
    with a sparkly snowflake
    charm, to help her remember
    the unique person her mom
    was. I chose this symbol
    because every snowflake is
    entirely unique and its pattern
    is never exactly repeated.....
    just like people : ) Gorgeous
    images and food for thought,
    as I see teensy-tiny flakes
    fluttering outside my window.
    Our ground is snow-less with
    nothing major in the forecast,

    xx Suzanne

  3. The pictures are unbelievable. Snowflakes make me think of pure, simple and unique beauty. They are missed this year, as we have yet to have any snow.

  4. While I'm very happy not to be buried in the stuff just yet I have to say those images of snowflakes are AMAZING! I'll have to try and appreciate it more but only if it stays under a foot!

  5. snow always makes my life a little crazy, but watching a snowfall and having time at that is sounding magical about now.

  6. Amazing how God made each snowflake as different as he made each of us different. His hand has wrought such miraculous things! I am in complete awe of Him... ♥

    xoxo laurie

  7. Nature is full of genious, indeed!

    Amazing images. Get real close and snowflakes look like clay! Need to show my kids.

    Thank you for the new perspective, my friend.



  8. I remember the first time I saw these images online, I was amazed at how beautiful each and every one was and more than that, how unique they were. So pretty, Kathysue

  9. these photogrpahs are absolutely amaaazing!!

  10. incredible! and each one different from the other! kinda like, no.... just like people...

  11. Just one more of God's magical gifts.

    Love this post, Michele. I have never ever seen snowflakes microscopic images like this! Just made my entire family stop and look at your post!

    Gorgeous and precious, just like you.

    P.S. Have you seen the childrens book called Snowflake Bentley?
    One of our faves. It is about snowflakes and their photographic history.Perfect gift for kids!


  12. The most perfect post EVER!!! I love these images... I've seen these before, but it has been a long time! Thanks for bringing these beauties to my attention. When you look at miracles like these - how can anyone deny there is a God.

    Lots of love to you!


  13. Amazing, they look like they are somehow trying to show us what the 4th dimension might reveal. In the movie, "What the bleep do we know"... there was a part about how water crystals change if you sing or project beautiful thoughts over them, and become all fractured and chaotic if you project ugly negative thoughts over them. I'm not explaining it very well, but this reminded me of that... it was phenomenal, but rang so true...
    One day remnd me to tell you about my carrot experiment...

    lovin you

  14. C.R.A.Z.Y. And it's so lovely. I wish we had electronic eyes now.

    Oh and Fight Club. One of my favorites. I would quote Chuck here then, since you started:

    "If I could wake up at a different time, in a different place, could I wake up as a different person". Only, could I wake up with electronic eyes!!!

    So lovely.

  15. Amazing amazing pictures of snowflakes! I love them, and wonder at their unique beauty. Such a beautiful post for the season!

    A written analysis of Fight Club? Sounds like a lot of fun! (I loved that movie)

    Meera xx

  16. How did I miss this post? I absolutely LOVE it!! The snowflakes under a microscope are astounding and beautiful and I love the time lapse video, sheer brilliance...

    And also, like Meera, I'm a HUGE fan of Fight Club! I'm intrigued by this paper of which you speak...!

    Big huge hugs baby xxx

  17. Lol. I think it's great how amazed we all are by these images. They are truly amazing. It's incredible that this is what snowflakes look like under the microscope. They're so beautiful that they almost don't seem real.

  18. La parfaite image pour évoquer le temps des fêtes. Très beau !


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