This beautiful photo reminded me of one of the first pieces I ever published on the internet, an excerpt from the 1993 book It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes by Michigan author Jerry Dennis & illustrator Glenn Wolff titled Nature Baroque: Snowflakes & Crystals.
For my money, Jerry is one of the very best writers about the beauty and mystery of the natural world (and Glenn is a standout illustrator), and this chapter tells you all kinds of stuff you probably didn’t know about snowflakes, from the process that forms them to giant snowflakes to the snowflake photography of Wilson A. Bentley, the Snowflake Man and how you can photograph snowflakes as well. FYI, Aricee (the photographer of the above shot) explains how she took this right here.
You can possibly find a copy of the book at a used book store or on Amazon.com. If you have a curious child (or curious inner child) buy this book now. If you’d like to check out more wintery items from the Northern Michigan Journal (defunct but still online), please be my guest!