Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow Crystals

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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 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!


steven said...

dan that's crazy - i've never seen man-made water crystals up close. look at that!!! washington dc is getting its fair share of the real thing. steven

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

The intricacies of Nature just blow the mind. Thanks Dan - beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi steven. I'd never seen man made snow crystals up close, either. I was surprised (sort of) by the difference.

The mind-blowing beauty of nature is so astonishing to me. The most amazing thing? That we humans think we're superior, the pinnacle of nature. We're part of nature, but nothing special or so exceptional...except that all the world is exceptional...paradoxical, yes, and so assuredly true. A koan, I guess.

Dan Gurney said...

Bonnie, thanks go to Katherine in NZ for turning me onto that website. It turns out I spent part of my childhood in the same place where that snowflake photography is taking place: California Institute of Technology, CalTech, as it's called in Pasadena.

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

the first crystal is so wonderful...How can nature get it so symmetrical?
The man made ones look like bacteria!

Thanks Dan

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn--

Yes, you get it!

Nature's many marvels astonish me to speechlessness. i wish i were able to convey in words the dizzying wonderment i feel about nature...and not just life...water crystals, too. Rocks, fire, wind, everything from small to immense. Man made stuff? Bacteria.

You so get it.

Namaste, Delwyn.

Dayne Gingrich said...

Absolutely amazing... nature understands some things we have no clue about, eh?

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Dayne,

I feel quite incapable of understanding Nature's infinite magic and mystery; at the same time, I stand fully in awe of it.

On the other hand, the I find nothing awesome about, say, the Stupor Bowl.

Thanks for visiting.


Sarah Lulu said...

G'day Dan ...I love snow and ice crystals the beauty is astonishing ...and always reminds me of God (whatever that might mean). xxx

Dave King said...

However familiar, snow crystals never lose their appeal, their magic even. A fabulous image this one, though - even for a snow crystal.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Sarah Lulu-- It's like the word I found on your blog: Godincidence.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Dave--

Those CalTech guys know how to make and use tools. Their images are stunning. Thanks for leaving a comment.

lucy said...

hi dan -

if you like snow crystals, i think you might really enjoy this:

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Lucy...

And how! I love it. Thanks for sharing. Everybody go see what Lucy's talking about!