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Wilson A Bentley (more popularly known as “Snowflake” Bentley), was one of the first to photograph snowflakes. Born in 1865, he was raised on his family’s farm in Jericho, Vermont. Bentley became fascinated with snowflakes by the time he was a teenager.
He would catch snowflakes on a microscope slide and try to quickly transfer them under the lens so that he could observe them. However, the snowflakes would melt before he could make observations or quickly draw a sketch, so he tried a different approach. He attached a camera to his microscope and would catch the tiny crystals on black velvet so that he could take a clear picture.
It took a lot of experimentation and practice, but he eventually perfected his process and photographed his first snowflake in 1885, when he was just twenty years old. He would go on to publish a book, journal articles, magazine articles, and photograph over 5,000 snowflakes in his lifetime. His most famous publication stipulates that no two snowflakes are alike, a concept that has captured our imaginations for over a century.
Snowflakes by Stu
Introducing Snowflakes by Stu! An avid landscape photographer for over 35 years, Stu became interested in photographing snowflakes after moving to Jericho, Vermont, just down the road from the old Bentley family farm. Like Bentley, it took Stu many years and much practice to perfect his art of photographing snowflakes. With winter now in full swing, Stu is hard at work photographing the beautiful tiny crystals to share with the world.
You can find these breathtaking photographs on our website under our Featured -> SNOWFLAKES category or under the Vermont Artists -> Photography category.
To see Stu’s collection of Vermont and New England landscape and wildlife photographs, visit photosbystu.net.