Wilson “Snowflake Man” Bentley was one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. Bentley was born in Jericho, VT in 1865, and when he turned 15, his mother gave him a microscope. Bentley soon figured out how to capture a snowflake on velvet so it wouldn’t melt before he could take a photograph. He captured over 5,000 images in his lifetime, famously never finding two snowflakes that were alike. Awwww.
Bentley’s 1931 book, Snow Crystals, contains more than 2,400 images and can be purchased right here.