Snow in July

Photographs of single snowflakes; magnified, glorified and hanging on the wall behind the registration desk, captured me.  I could not pass the display without a sense of awe and I manipulated my route through the hotel so that I could repeatedly pass by.

What were those lines that I had jotted down years ago when I was feeling so pathetically average?  I recalled the title, “snowflake“, and the words:

I’m so like everyone I see

Whats so unique about me?

A question spoken and then forgotten.  The passage of time.  An answer given, unsummoned.

Change your lens, move in tight

Observe and focus, brilliant sight

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Googling for pictures of snowflakes, I discovered a grand-person, Wilson Bentley (1865-1931) who wrote these words:

“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.” http://snowflakebentley.com/index.htm

(read about him………….he’s the guy credited with discovering that no two snowflakes are alike)

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Above pics from national geographic shoot:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/02/photogalleries/snowflakes/photo6.html

2 thoughts on “Snow in July

  1. Jordan Bullock

    This is so weird. I was just reading about this scientist/artist named Gary Greenberg. For the last 6 years he has been obsessed with photographing grains of sand that are magnified 300 times under a microscope. It is truly amazing what we walk on at the beach. Go to http://www.sandgrains.com/index.html and click on “gallery” to see some incredible pictures. Under “Sand Grains” my favorite picture is Maul Sand Arrangement #2. He selected and sorted each one of these grains! Love you

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