01 February 2010

Historic Bentley snowflake photos for sale in US

from BBC News

Ten of the pioneering photos of snowflake crystals US farmer Wilson A Bentley began taking more than a century ago are to be sold in New York.

Bentley (1865-1931) is credited with capturing the first images of single snowflakes on camera. He made thousands of the jewel-like prints, no two alike.  His photomicrography technique involved a microscope and a bellows camera.

He caught pneumonia in a blizzard and died just weeks after the publication of his book Snow Crystals.

The sale of his crystal images is a rare event, the Associated Press news agency reports.

When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost - Wilson A Bentley