Friday, January 25, 2013

LOOK FOR: Snowflakes

Photo credit: Tom Gill
Nature's Geometry
Photo credit: ViaMoi
When was the last time you actually looked up close at a snowflake? I was feeling inspired today and bundled up to go stick my nose in the snow. Nature is so amazing!

You can see a surprising amount of detail with your naked eyes (or reading glasses...), if you bother to look. But a magnifying glass really shows off the beauty of the snow crystals. I've got an inexpensive jewelers loupe that worked really well.

If you don't have a magnifying glass, do you have binoculars? Look through the wrong end and hold the eyepieces so they're almost touching the snow. It should work like a magnifying glass. Wow!

Of course if you have a special microscope, you could get views like these. But take a look -- I think you'll be impressed with what you can see with the tools you have on hand, even if it's just your own two eyes.

Photo credit: CaptPiper