Peering through the microscope…

What have you seen under your microscope lately?

If you are like me and your snow is long gone (or maybe non-existent), you can still view some snowflakes up close and personal by checking out these sites:

NOAA Photo Library: Studies among the Snow Crystals

Snowflake Photo Gallery

Snowflake Shapes


Curious about how snowflakes form? Watch a video here.

Want to know more about the science of snowflakes or the life of Wilson Bentley? Visit this site for a wealth of information.

Then take this quiz to test your knowledge.


And for fun, you can make your own paper snowflakes or read ones of these books curled up with a cup of hot cocoa… you’ll need it after spending so much time in the snow.  🙂

Butterflies, Apple Blossoms, and Snowflakes

As the first snowflakes of 2012 fell here earlier this week, I thought again about Snowflake Bentley. I love that story and find his curiosity and love of nature along with his patience, persistence, and determination to be both insightful and inspiring. His camera and microscope have impacted the world for over a century.

Bentley once said, “Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.

Want to explore the world like Wilson Bentley? Check out the following sites to learn about using a microscope and the amazing views this tool can provide:

Home Science Tools: Introductory Microscope Experiments

eHow: Kids’ Microscope Activities

Yahoo Kids! Microscopic Images

MicroAngela’s Electron Microscope Image Gallery

FotoSearch: Microscopic stock photos and images