Wilson Bentley’s Mesmerizing Snowflakes Collection

No two snowflakes are alike. This discovery was made by a man named Wilson Bentley, a farmer from Vermont, who became affectionately known as “Snowflake” Bentley. Bentley developed an interest in snow crystals after he received a microscope for his fifteenth birthday. For over forty years, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley (1865–1931) photographed thousands of individual snowflakes and perfected the innovative photomicrographic techniques.

“… from the beginning, it was the snowflakes that fascinated me most”. 

Wilson Alwyn Bentley

We have curated almost all of his photos of snowflakes for you. Now you can find them easily. Make your coffee, open an indie song, get your blanket, and start checking them. Sources: 1, 2, 3.

Wilson Snowflake Bentley

In 1885, Wilson Bentley attached a camera to his microscope and took the very first photo of a snowflake.

Bentley & His Camera

Bentley removing slide for making an exposure in his camera-microscope to photograph a snowflake, circa 1929.

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