I love snow! If you have read my posts for any length of time you know that Fall and Winter are my favorite times of the year. I grew up where we experienced four seasons, and I even lived in Alaska for a two years, perhaps that is where my love of the snow comes from ?
Whatever the case, for the last 12 years my life has taken me to live where we do not have the four seasons. Sometimes it seems like we only have summer...in any case, I have been spending a considerable amount of time in Wisconsin this winter and although it is the 4th warmest winter on record I have managed to experience some really beautiful snowfalls.
When it snows, in addition to wanting to be the first person to make the tracks in the snow, my other favorite thing to do is to shovel the snow in the dark ( no snow blower or help needed), I love to be the only one out, with the wind whistling through the trees, the snow softly falling and the stars shining bright in the sky. The last few days have been just like that and they have been magical.
|All snow images above taken by me in Wisconsin.|
All the snow in the last few days reminded me that each snowflake is unique and there are "no two alike." This fact was first noted and photographed by Wilson A. Bentley, or Snowflake Bentley as he has been affectionately named.
From the time he was a small boy on his family farm Wilson was fascinated by ice crystals or snowflakes and this passion led him through trial and error to develop and take the first images of a single snowflake in 1885. In his lifetime Snowflake Bentley would go on to capture 5000 slides. In fact it was this very passion that led to his death, after walking six miles to take photos of snowflakes he caught pneumonia and died.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! As Downton Abbey is not on I guess I will have to watch the Oscars, although Suzanne from Privet and Holly suggested that the new Upstairs Downstairs on PBS might be an alternative until Downton comes back on, so I think I might check that out as well.
Enjoy your day!