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Snowflake Bentley ~ Just a Vermont Farmer

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Everyone knows that each individual snowflake carries its own unique shape, but how many of you know that a Vermont farmer made that discovery-just a self educated Vermonter, wearing flannel, with an eye for miracles and an appreciation for winter.

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” ~ Wilson Bentley


Wilson Bentley, known as “Snowflake Bentley”, first captured God’s amazing handiwork in 1885 with the use of a microscope and camera. Throughout his life, Bentley photographed 5000 individual snowflakes. The little town of Jericho, Vermont is home to Snowflake Bentley, and shares his passion and work through the Jericho Historical Society exhibit.  


As winter progresses, and snow upon snow upon snow piles high, I forget this miracle wrapped up in each individual snowflake. This morning, God reminded me of His majesty (for the second time this week) as Kai and I left for our morning walk. There, sitting all over Kai’s head and back, little tiny pieces of art work displayed their glory. Each one crafted carefully for all to see.  


Snowflakes in Vermont





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  1. T.J.
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    what a spectacular picture!!! And as for snowflake bentley? Once we moved here and I realized we were in his home state, I got really giddy. his photos/slides are also spectacular 😉