The Wonder and Science of Snowflakes

Yesterday, the girls built their very first snow fort.  Then they pelted me with snowballs.  Kids can be so cruel.

But they can also be curious.  We been wondering about the beautiful snowflake patterns that can observed with a microscope.  I never get tired of looking at these highly magnified images of winter:

 snowflake 01

snowflake 02

Isn’t the beuaty and design of each one simply amazing?

About.com has a terrific article about classifying the many types of snowflakes.  Just in case you’ve got some curious kids of your own.  And for those who want to get into the physics of snowflakes, check out this CalTech website.

Seasons greetings!