Photo Courtesy of SnowCrystals.com. A great place to visit, too!
I live in Northern California wine country about 50 meters above sea level, and not far from eastern shore of the Pacific Ocean. Snow here is rare.
Maybe because I see so very little snow, the splendor of frozen water crystals floating out of the sky is, well, pure mystical magic.
Katherine, from New Zealand (where it is summer now) recently posted about snow crystals. See Katherine's post here: Snow Crystals. You will be rewarded with amazing images of snow crystals photographed up very close. Or visit SnowCrystals.com via the link in the caption under the photo.
The intricacies of snow crystals astonish me deeply.
Thank you, Katherine!
P.S. On the Snow Crystals website they have an up-close photograph of an artificial, man-made snow crystal made with motors and blowers. Seems the water can tell the difference!