The Man Who Loved Snowflakes & Places To Visit If You Love Them Too

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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.

– Wilson  Bentley

Magic. How could you describe snowflakes as anything else? Falling from winter skies they seem to bring a stillness and simplicity to the world.  Hush now, here they come, thousands upon thousands of little masterpieces, each wondrously unique and sublimely beautiful.

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wbentleyIt is no wonder that a young Wilson Bentley, growing up in Jericho Vermont, where the annual snowfall is around 82 inches, became transfixed with snow crystals after receiving a microscope for his 15th birthday.  He tried drawing what he saw through the microscope but the snow always melted before he could finish.  This led to years of work trying to capture a snowflake through photography. Following many failed attempts, Wilson became the first person to successfully photograph snow crystals in 1885.

The day that I developed the first negative made by this method, and found it good, I felt almost like falling on my knees beside that apparatus and worshipping it! It was the greatest moment of my life. 

– Wilson  Bentley

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Bentley spent over forty years photographing snowflakes and perfecting his techniques.   He took over 5000 photos of snowflakes. His passion, what Mary B. Mullet, writer for The American Magazine, called “a dream of beauty”, was remarkable.   

When Mary asked him when he became interested in snowflakes?  His answer was simple,

“Almost sixty years ago, I guess,” said Bentley, with a whimsical expression. “I was born in 1865, and I can’t remember the time I didn’t love the snow”


Vermont Edition interview with Wayne Howe, archivist for the Jericho Historical Society about Bentley’s imprint on history.

Places To Visit If You Love Snowflakes

The Bentley Snow Crystal Collection at the Buffalo Museum of Science

See Bently’s original glass-plate photomicrographs of snow crystals.

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Jericho Historical Societies’ Snowflake Bentley Exhibit

See Bentley Snowflake photographs and artifacts including Bentley’s original photo-microscope.

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The Snow Crystal Museum in Asahikawa Japan

 Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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Northeastern Minnesota

Take a Dogsled Trip at the Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge

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Norway

Stay in the Kirkenes Snow Hotel

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New Zealand

Go on a glacier walk at the Fox glacier.  Snow falls at the top of the glacier year round!

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Sapporo Snow Festival

Every winter, about two million people come to Sapporo to see a large number of splendid snow statues and ice sculptures which line Odori Park.

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Relive the Magic of Christmas Past in Paradise Pennsylvania

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale

In the small town of Paradise, Pennsylvania is a not so small museum that celebrates the spirit of Christmas. With over 20,000 square feet of indoor exhibits, the National Christmas Center allows visitors to step into a Christmas themed fantasy land.
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While the Center celebrates both Christmas present and Christmas past, it really shines in it’s ability to transport visitors to holiday’s past. Exhibits include a replica Woolworth’s store all decked out for the holiday season with authentic merchandise, signage and fixtures, a life size recreation of a 1950’s Christmas morning (oh how I would love to go back in time), and a walkable “street” of shop windows designed to bring back memories of the 1940’s and 1950’s.

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If you have a thing for Bing Crosby and vintage Christmas ornaments, love to suspend disbelief, and think that red and green is the best color combination ever, you might just want to get yourself to Paradise Pennsylvania and enjoy a museum like no other.

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Favorite Places: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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Today’s favorite place is from Jamee Doherty of Fly The Coop

Jamee’s Favorite Place: Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

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Why She Loves Phu Quoc Island

“Located on the Cambodian/ Vietnamese boarder, its well worth the effort it takes to get there. White stretches of beach, interrupted by palm trees and restaurants located on the sand, its Vietnams answer to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville and Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands. With endless sunshine and breath taking sunsets, this place won’t stay a place wont stay a secret for much longer.”

Jamee’s Favorite Things to Do on Phu Quoc Island

  • Relax under the white sandy, palm fringed beach with a cocktail in hand
  • Enjoy a BBQ seafood dinner on the sand
  • Find a deserted beach and swim in the crystal clear water
  • Rent a scooter and explore the island

About Jamee

PC280069I am a PR and Marketing Manager with a thirst and desire to travel. After graduating from university in 2010, my boyfriend and I decided to backpack around Asia for six months, on a $50 a day budget. With India on the cards for March 2013, let the adventure continue!

Find her at http://flythecoopblog.blogspot.com/


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Favorite Places: La Palma, Canary Islands

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Today’s favorite place is from Ariane Colenbrander of Vancouverscape.com

Ariane’s Favorite Place: La Palma, Canary Islands

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Why She Loves La Palma

“The sheer lack of light pollution, coupled with the delicious locally caught and grown food, outgoing locals, winding roads that lead you to the top of the world and back down again, and black sandy beaches. My husband and I went the year before we married (’99), and had a casita to ourselves. The surrounding vegetation (including our own banana plantation) made for an especially unique vacation.”

Ariane’s Favorite Things to Do in La Palma, Canary Islands

About Ariane


TripLogic_acExperiencing Vancouver’s beautiful backyard. Our site covers arts and culture, food and drink, travel, spa, and product reviews.

Find her at http://www.Vancouverscape.com and on twitter at @Vancouverscape


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Favorite Places | Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Today’s favorite place is from Justine Williams from Dancing Traveller

Justine’s Favorite Place: Mauna Kea, Hawaii

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Why She Loves Mauna Kea

“No place else in the world can you go and see the sky and the stars so clear, as if you could reach out and grab them. 9,000 feet up, you can park in the visitors centre parking lot and jump from telescope to telescope as professionals tell you about the specific stars you can see through their lenses. The constant shooting stars make you feel like you’re a little farther from earth and closer to the heavens.”

Justine’s Favorite Things to Do in Mauna Kea, Hawaii

About Justine

headshot2My time as a professional ballet dancer took me around the US and landed me in Beijing, China. Since then, my love for travel and dance have taken me around the world. My blog inspires readers to see things differently through the experiences of travel.

Find her at http://www.dancingtraveller.com and @justinecw1 on twitter


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