Merry Christmas! I’ve been engaged on this snowflake for a couple of days after I’ve had the time, saving it for immediately. It’s an enormous crystal, however the fascination comes from its eerie similarity to 1 already posted. View massive!
This snowflake resembles the identical “footprint” because the one posted on December 16th (hyperlink: www.flickr.com/photos/donkom/23773813826/ ). They have been photographed roughly 23 minutes aside, and shaped by very comparable variables. Whereas each department and side-branch is exclusive and completely different, the widespread buildings and general design stays the identical. That is one of the best instance I’ve discovered so far that showcases that comparable secure circumstances can create comparable snowflakes at such a big scale.
Even with the same circumstances, the precise place of water molecules attaching themselves to every crystal can by no means be replicated. Each twist and switch of the snowflake within the cloud will gather completely different constructing blocks somewhere else, very similar to an identical twins gather distinctive experiences by their lives to develop into completely different folks. Clearly associated, the randomness of their progress forces them to remain distinctive.
For all their similarities, together with each beginning as a capped column, there are some notable variations. In immediately’s snowflake, some branches are rising on a number of planes resulting from branch-splitting. This permits for some branches (notable instance of the left facet) to develop beneath different branches with no collision. Right now’s snowflake additionally has little black dots scattered about. These are brought on by impacts with super-cooled water droplets that freeze on affect, an indication that this newer snowflake handed by a unique layer of clouds because it started to fall to the bottom.
That is the most important snowflake edit thus far this yr, comprising of 54 separate photographs and plenty of hours of enhancing. To be taught precisely how these photographs are photographed and edited, decide your self up a Christmas present you may not have discovered beneath the tree: a replica of Sky Crystals. Snow is about to reach (lastly!), so benefit from it! skycrystals.ca/book/
To match large snowflakes like this in correct scale to the beautiful-but-tiny snowflakes that fall from the sky in higher amount, check out “The Snowflake” print: skycrystals.ca/poster/ – you’ll simply get misplaced within the particulars. 🙂
I hope everyone seems to be having a improbable Christmas!
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