Did you know the very first snowflake photograph was taken by a self-educated farmer from Jericho, Vermont?
Wilson Alwyn "Snowflake" Bentley is said to be the first to capture the stunning details of a single snowflake on a blackboard, which he quickly transferred to a microscope fitted to a bellows camera. After many a melted flake, Bentley successfully photographed his first snowflake in 1885.
They say no two snowflakes are alike, and after photographing more than 5,000 single flakes during his lifetime, Bentley found this was true. His work was acquired by universities and museums around the world, including the piece pictured above featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's online collection.
In 1925, Bentley commented on his work, revealing his passion for his art:
Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of