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Beau George
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A Physician and Social Curator trying to understand some of the infinite connections that pass through our lives.
A Physician and Social Curator trying to understand some of the infinite connections that pass through our lives.

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Snowflake-a-Day #13
The most symmetrical “dendrite” snowflake posted so far this year, it was completely unexpected and was the only one of its kind seen while shooting a snowfall for many hours. View large!

Usually, snowflakes fall with somewhat consistent features. If you see a column crystal, chances are there are many others nearby; the same thing applies to simple plates, dendrites, or any other classification of snowflake. This entire snowfall produced the tiny plate-like and column-type crystals that I was sharing recently, and then out of nowhere have this much larger beauty. Awestruck but still focused, I set out to photograph it.

When I set my sights on a snowflake that I know stands out in the crowd, the pressure is on. There is often clutter that I need to clear away, knowing full well that if I make too much direct contact on the “target” snowflake… it will break into pieces. This has happened many times in the past, and while I don’t normally swear… there have been a few choice words muttered under my breath. In this case, I was able to clear away most of the clutter, but didn’t push my luck. There was still one remnant of another snowflake resting against the branches that I needed to edit out later. I didn’t want to risk losing the only large snowflake of the entire snowfall!

This snowflake has some hidden fun, if you look in the very center. You’ll notice that the bubbles in the ice near the outer edge of the hexagon appear to have an alternating pattern – a three-fold symmetry. Even if the snowflake isn’t nearly as triangular as the one posted yesterday, it still contains some of the features only seen in triangular crystals. These types of features are found in more snowflakes that you’d otherwise think – keep an eye out for patterns that repeat on alternating branches!

Diving FAR into the details, you can see something else fascinating about this snowflake. The center has some faint circles, and you can also see curved lines falling back from the edges of many side-branches. I can point to a few in the lower left, but they are all over. This represents inward crystal growth, which if you’re curious to understand more, here’s some pages from Sky Crystals that describes it: http://skycrystals.ca/img/circles-in-the-snow.jpg - it happens in the center of snowflakes and in the branches, especially when the growth is running at a slower pace. We can see evidence of this slower growth in other ways, with the solid 60-degree angles at the tips of the branches. These hard edges don’t happen when a snowflake grows quickly, only when the process takes it’s time to accumulate new building blocks slowly.

There’s a lot to marvel at, but in the end, you can say one thing: It’s beautiful in its symmetry and its geometry. The physics that allows for this to happen is wonderful to explore, but only because we see the results as beautiful.

Care for more fun physics and all the photographic techniques used to create this image? Get a copy of Sky Crystals: https://www.skycrystals.ca/ - worth your time to explore the pages of this 304pg book for everything you could ever want to know about the subject of snowflakes!

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A Comical look at Canada joining the United States.

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Frank Gay made this guitar for my father Art nearly 50 years ago. Frank lived in Edmonton, AB Canada, and lived like a bohemian as a famous Luthier and Guitarist. He built guitars for Johnny Cash, and Hank Snow among others, and Bob Dylan probably owned one as well. #guitar #luthier #music http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/frank-gay-emc/
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Frank Gay made this guitar for my father Art nearly 50 years ago. Frank lived in Edmonton, AB Canada, and lived like a bohemian as a famous Luthier and Guitarist. He built guitars for Johnny Cash, and Hank Snow among others, and Bob Dylan probably owned one as well. #guitar #luthier #music http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/frank-gay-emc/
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Google Glass makes more sense than an Apple Watch, but Glass is much more intrusive to others, and gives one a Cyborg/Nerd persona.

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Your performance in almost any activity or sport improves significantly by focusing on the process rather than the outcome. #performance

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