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(Laughing Squid)   Macro photographs of snow crystals and snowflakes. They're slightly less beautiful when you have to shovel that stuff   (laughingsquid.com) divider line 16
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2012-12-07 05:09:57 AM  
God is so great. From the heavens to the tiniest snowflakes, He's imbued the universe with beauty.
 
2012-12-07 05:48:34 AM  
Some of those are rime ice.
 
2012-12-07 06:39:03 AM  
It's December in Colorado and our yard is green. We friggen need some snow here. I'd love to shovel some.
 
2012-12-07 07:03:59 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: God is so great. From the heavens to the tiniest snowflakes, He's imbued the universe with beauty.


This business will get out of control. It will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live though it.
 
2012-12-07 07:13:07 AM  
Wow they really do look like that. So pretty and awesome!
 
2012-12-07 07:13:53 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: God is so great. From the heavens to the tiniest snowflakes, He's imbued the universe with beauty.


8/10 will get many bites.
 
2012-12-07 07:52:26 AM  
104.45° = Awesome.
 
2012-12-07 08:09:52 AM  
Ah, the beauty of freezing death.
 
2012-12-07 09:42:17 AM  
You know what my problem is?? How can we be so sure that no two snowflakes are the same??
 
2012-12-07 09:53:33 AM  
OK, these are impressive. I've seen them photographed on slides before, but these images were captured "in the wild" as it were.
 
2012-12-07 10:06:09 AM  

homarjr: You know what my problem is?? How can we be so sure that no two snowflakes are the same??


We can't be sure of that. It's not exactly a scientific statement. Other than the facts that snowflake growth, like all crystal formation, is extremely sensitive to initial conditions, and that it's unlikely that any two snowflakes will have the same initial conditions, we can't know for sure that no two are identical, for certain values of 'identical'.
 
2012-12-07 01:01:35 PM  

homarjr: You know what my problem is?? How can we be so sure that no two snowflakes are the same??


*points at snow-capped mountain* "Look at that. Fifty million tons of snow and you say no two snowflakes are alike??"

"Wanna go check 'em out?"

*walking away* "...heck of a theory..."
 
2012-12-07 02:05:07 PM  
I half expected close ups of kids with overprotective parents
 
2012-12-07 04:04:49 PM  

pciszek: OK, these are impressive. I've seen them photographed on slides before, but these images were captured "in the wild" as it were.


Exactly what I was thinking. These are better than I had imagined they would be before I clicked.
 
2012-12-07 04:45:18 PM  
When I was in elementary school we went outside during a snowstorm with a piece of dark fabric and some strong magnifying glasses. You couldn't see things as well as in these photos, but you could still see the structure. I bet if you did the same thing with a modern camera with a macro lens you could get some pretty good pictures.

/Something to try this winter
 
2012-12-07 06:15:32 PM  

homarjr: You know what my problem is?? How can we be so sure that no two snowflakes are the same??


Actually, I remember reading about someone finding a set of conditions that produced the most boring snow crystals in the world--plain hexagons, no branching or anything. So, there you could find snowflakes that were not unique.
 
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