Snowflakes, up close and personal

I'm taking some time off this week, so posting some oldie but goodie blog entries to hold over.

Originally published Jan. 7, 2011:

A few years ago, I was pointed to a recent article on Wired Science that highlighted some stunning photographs of different snowflakes under a microscope.

These were taken at the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland. Scientists used what's called a Low Temperature Scanning Electron Microscope (It's OK -- I had to click on the link to see what it was too.)

Anyway, science aside, just enjoy these photographs, courtesy of "Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture."

And here is one of hail:

How about some views of snow and ice zoomed out to more human levels? Can do.

These two are of Needle Ice west of Lake Bosworth taken by Frank Norton. (More info on Needle Ice here)

This next one was taken at Trilogy Golf Course by Connie Wahlin