Winter has come to an end and so has this year’s snowflake project. I present a wonderful oddity as the final snowflake in this series as a totem to winter. View large!
What? Not 100 snowflakes this year?
After Christmas, the series switched to every other day to make time for other projects and experimentation and more time with family. It was still an exhaustive series to work on with many fun discoveries along the way.
This snowflake is a very unusual mix of many less-common snowflake types. If you look closely you’ll find bullet-type snowflakes are “capped”, otherwise growing plates off one end. Half of the bullet is growing out into a stranger structure with clear right-angles visible, known for creating arrowhead crystals. There are gem-like structures near the bottom, bubbles trapped in the ice, and hollow columns scattered about. This snowflake looks to have started from multiple points, fusing together in the sky and continuing to grow.
These kinds of formations only happen a few degrees below freezing, and this snowflake was one of two that looked even remotely similar among the MANY thousands I looked at from the same snowfall. Truly a rarity, and something is this was also incredibly difficult to edit!
Still limited to just my Surface Pro 3 as I wait for parts to arrive for my main computer, I can’t say I did a perfect job editing this one – the hardware limitations just slow me down and the image you’re seeing represents roughly eight hours of work. The last images in this series were all done with a tablet computer – the project needed to be completed! :)
So, what happens now? I usually go dark for a little while at the end of this series to catch up on other projects, take a bit of down time, and contemplate my next creative ideas. There will be a ton of fun photos posted between now and next winter, where the snowflake series starts again on December 1st. There may be a few posted during the heat of summer as well, just for fun!
If you’d like to say thanks, it would be great if you could look through this series and find a snowflake to share. Spread the word! If you haven’t already purchased a copy of Sky Crystals, you can get it here: https://www.skycrystals.ca/book/ - 304pg hardcover book dedicated to the understanding of these gems and how to photograph them capturing every detail. It’s also directly applicable to other areas of macro photography!
If you want to learn macro photography from me directly, there are a number of great workshops between now and August that you can attend, check them out: http://www.donkom.ca/workshops/
And a sincere thank you to everyone who supported and encouraged this project! Let’s let this image represent the end of a great winter and the beginning of something new. :)