snowflake-photo-bentley.jpgAmerican farmer Wilson Bentley is credited with capturing on camera the first images of individual snowflakes. He made thousands of the jewel-like prints more than a century ago, no two alike, using a microscope and a bellows camera.

After a blizzard, Bentley caught pneumonia and died just weeks after the publication of his book Snow Crystals.

Now, up for rare auction are ten of his pioneering prints.

Snowflake expert Kenneth G Libbrecht said, “He did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost 100 years.”

(Continue reading in the BBC)

Thanks to Priscilla in France for sending the link!


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