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


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.”

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


Above pics from national geographic shoot:

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 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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