Everywhere I look there's snow. Or it just seems that way. The local news reported tonight that there was snow in 49 of the 50 states, leaving only one **coughcoughFloridacoughcough** without a coating of white somewhere within its boundaries.
My Kansas/Missouri family have shared photos of the snow that covers their drives and patios, a gift of a foot or more from two storms close together. And one of the topics my dad and I discussed on the phone early in the week was that family in Illinois was even worse off. I exchanged texts with Kayla a few nights ago to see if she was getting snow and/or ice. No, was the reply but she wished for some so they'd cancel school. She might be in college but some things never change.
And while I might not have to worry about any of the fluffy white stuff in my yard and streets, there's still plenty of snow around my house...in picture form, at least. The screen saver on my computer changes daily and the latest version is a rustic log cabin nestled surrounded by snowy mountains and with about 2' of snow (or more) on the roof. It makes me cold just looking at it!
The home page when I sign on to the Internet has snow on it as well but this snow was different.
Isn't that beautiful? It's a photo of a snowflake taken by Russian photographer Valeriya Zvereva using a macro lens. If you didn't already believe each snowflake was unique, you will after seeing his series of pictures which you can find here.
Essentially he used some colored reflectors and his camera to create these images which look more like crystal jewels than bits of frozen water. Nature is just incredible, isn't it! Most of the snowflakes fit the image we have in our minds of what a snowflake is supposed to look like but there are a few whose shapes surprised me.
The last photo in the link above shows him and his set-up which appears to be mostly a long, skinny piece of glass on which the snowflakes "posed" for him and his high-powered lens. Pretty simple really but amazing results. Of course, I look at him, his bare head and hands and all the snow that surrounds him and think I'm far too cold-natured to endure that, even for such spectacular photos. If it's cold enough for the snowflakes to stay frozen when they land on the glass, it's too cold for me to be sitting outside with them.
It won't take long to thumb through the pictures and it's worth the time. For those of you having to shovel or drive in the stuff, it might make you look at the piles you're moving over or through with a new-found appreciation.