The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley

Duncan C. Blanchard

This is a biography of Wilson Alwyn Bentley, the farmer from Jericho, Vermont, who took over five thousand photomicrographs of ice, dew, frost, and — especially — snow crystals. Although his photographs were taken between 1885 and 1931, they have never been equalled and are in great demand today. Bentley’s story is one of courage and persistence against tremendous odds. He taught himself how to photograph snow crystals through a microscope while still in his teens and then pursued his obsession for years before having the beauty and scientific value of his work recognised by others. ‘The Snowflake Man’ lays open the life of a simple, self-educated, sensitive man who pursued natural beauty with microscope and camera for nearly fifty years. The book contains 30 black and white photographs.