I've always found snow beautiful, especially the way moonbeams gleam on the rolling mounds at night. But usually it's white and fluffy and I really don't think about it being crystalline structures of frozen water. But it definitely brings it to mind when you see these vintage photographs taken by Wilson Bentley in 1895. He was fascinated by snow and managed to attach a microscope to a camera and take over 5,000 photos of individual snowflakes, proving to himself (and generally everyone) that no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Now I'm fascinated, too!
Bentley donated over 500 of his photos to the Smithsonian. These pictures are from the Smithsonian Institution's Photostream and if you want to see more, Click Here