Year of 2017

A snowflake

It turns out the old notion that each snowflake is unique is probably true (although it seems to us that it’d be awfully hard to confirm). Even so, the scientists who study snowflakes can put them into categories, based on the general shapes they form. This is an example of a stellar dendrite, so-called for its star shape and dendritic, or tree-like, branches. To create our photo, 38 separate images were aligned to convey the detail of each layer within the flake, which was less than a quarter-inch wide.

A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals which falls through the Earth’s atmosphere. They begin as snow crystals which develop when microscopic supercooled cloud droplets freeze. Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes.
Feathery Snow Crystals
Freshly fallen snowflakes.