Since I have been blessed beyond belief to have acquired a job within our local park system, I have learned so much, really cool stuff. I'm priveledged to work among Naturalist who have a passion and general interest in many cool things al natural.
I don't believe this is by happenstance that I am here...it is part of a bigger picture for my life as I move toward a more simple, gentler way of life..and hopefully toward my little farmstead... anyway I digress as everything will be revealed in perfect order at the appropriate time and place. As with the snowflake. We did a program today about the anatomy of a snowflake...
I thought it would be fun to share....
I always had heard that no two snowflakes are alike..just like us, and all snowflakes are different on a molecular level as well..no two alike. There are basic shapes of the snowflake can be similar, snowflakes are all 6 sided, because water molecules have 6 sides and grow in 6 directions.
I was surprised to learn that we here on earth cannot produce true " snowflakes ", they come from the heavens in their original form. Anything we make here on earth, under the microscope will be like little pellets of ice. Snowflakes are formed by supercooled water droplets which freeze on to dust or pollen particles, they become crystals, which form into snowflakes.
Wilson " Snowflake" Bentley- farmer and photographer from Vermont.
During his life, he photographed more than 5,000 pictures of snowflakes.
Benefits of Snow...yes...there really are some...
Snow..provides 75 % of the drinking water used by the Western U.S.
Snow..provided habitat for creatures built for snowpack conditions such as polar bears or penquins.
Snow..provides warmth, and hibernation for the animals that need it for survivial ( bats, groundhogs).
Without snow, their energy reserves may dwindle and their health may turn, and can cause
malnutrition and disease if unable to sleep.
Create your own sparkly snowflake
Hot water ( boiled before hand )
a cup or mug
Salt ( table )
black paper ( thick )
Boil water and pour into a cup which can withstand the hot water.
Add a couple of tsp of salt and stir with a paintbrush till dissolved.
Continue to add salt a tsp at a time until it no longer dissolves, there will salt crystals in the bottom of the cup.
Paint your snowflake on the paper.
Each time you dip the brush be sure to stir the mixture so all the salk crystals do sink to the bottom.