Years ago, we watched a video from Moody Institute of Science that showed snowflake pictures as seen through a microscope. They were so unique, intricate and beautiful.
I came away with a sad feeling though, thinking that you must have enough money to own a microscope, to view this great phenomena.
Little did I know, the miracle was right there, in my hands and under my feet!
All I had to do was look! I can’t remember the first time I saw an actual snowflake, but vaguely remember it being one of those “coincidences” (or “God-incidence”, as my grandmother loves to say!) … I looked down at my hands or on a vehicle and …………. THERE IT WAS! The miracle before my eyes!
I could see a snowflake!!!!!!!!!!
No matter how many you see, each snowflake will be uniquely different but has the same six-pointed shape … like a star of David!
Although there is a chance that some very simple snowflakes could be alike, if there were only one million (1,000,000) snow crystals (keep in mind, there are approximately one million billion [1,000,000,000,000,000] cubit feet of snow each year) and you could compare each possible pair once per second—that is, very fast—it would take about a hundred thousand years (100,000) to compare them all. So far, there have not been 2 snowflakes found, that were alike. Isn’t our God amazing?!
Looking for snowflakes was so captivating! You don’t need any special microscope, special cameras or other equipment. Just two good eyes!
By the time they land, some snowflakes are already broken, crushed, powder, or so tiny you can’t see the shape. But there are enough good ones to make it, hands down, unquestionably worth the couple seconds it takes to look for them.
Most of these snowflake pictures were taken awhile ago on a Canon Powershot SX40 or on our older Sony Cybershot DSC-H70 (please excuse the poor quality of the cameras and especially the photographer 🙂 They were just snapped for my own ecstatic pleasure and not for professional observation!).
Recently, I came across this post written by a man in Russia who, like me, was fascinated by the professional snowflake pictures but thought an amateur had no hope of capturing the beauty without experience and expensive microscopy technique. He shares many pointers on how to overcome this and capture professional looking, very high quality pictures using not-so expensive gear (plus he has A LOT of beautiful pictures to browse)! I would love to be able to get some shots like his but truthfully, I am about as busy as I want to be right now and am putting off further research and practice until later.
So the next time it snows, take a look around you! Get down on your hands and knees if necessary. SEE, feel and consider the beauty and intricacy of our God, who created the heaven, earth and universe.
Snowflakes are so beautiful and such a precious gift. Have you seen one? Who would want to say, after seeing such intricate, unique and perfect design, “this is all just chance”? Things don’t just evolve, they are created by a Master Creator and the snowflake is such a good visual reminder of His outstanding awesomeness! Happy hunting!