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A few new snowflakes on Vermont slopes, and Snowflake Bentley snowflakes online

Posted Saturday, January 7, 2023
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Cross-country skiing
6 intricate snowflake photos by Snowflake Bentley

Intricate snowflake photos by Wilson A. Bentley, Jericho, Vermont. Digitized by London's Natural History Museum.

Intricate snowflake photo by Snowflake Bentley

Close-up of a snowflake photo by Wilson A. Bentley, Jericho, Vermont. Digitized by London's Natural History Museum. We added the black background around the image.

It's Saturday morning and I'm encouraged to see that some ski areas got a couple of inches of snow — especially in southern and eastern Vermont. It's been tough waiting on cold temperatures and snowfall!

It looks like our temperatures will remain below 32 degrees in the upcoming days. Expect to see snowmaking action at Vermont ski resorts. The cross-country centers are going to need a lot of help from Mother Nature to get trails back open. Check snow conditions for your favorite Vermont ski areas here.

Snowflake Bentley's famous snowflake photos — now digitized

There's news this week about one of Vermont's most famous historical figures, Snowflake Bentley.

He's the fellow in Jericho, Vermont, who took thousands of magnified images of snowflakes in the woodshed of his family's farm in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These are things of beauty. (We have a couple of prints purchased from the Jericho Historical Society's Snowflake Bentley exhibit and store. Love 'em!)

Now the Natural History Museum in London has digitized hundreds of Bentley's snowflake images, which they bought in 1899. It's another way to view his amazing work.

“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.” — Wilson A. Bentley

Have you ever worn thick, dark mittens and examined the flakes that fall on them?

Learn more about the work of Wilson A. Bentley and view some of his images:

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