Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs MartinOf all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied. Wilson Bentley (18651931)
From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentleys enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientists vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
"The Snowflake Man" (a short film about Snowflake Bentley)
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Get to know the people who have shaped the Smithsonian since its founding in , through their letters, diaries, oral histories, and photographs. For over forty years, Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley photographed thousands of individual snowflakes and perfected the innovative photomicrographic techniques. His photographs and publications provide valuable scientific records of snow crystals and their many types. Wilson A. Bentley was born in in Jericho, Vermont. Taught by his mother, he lived and worked on his family farm located in the "Snowbelt," where the annual snow fall was about inches. From the time he was a small boy, Bentley was fascinated by the natural world around him.
Kenneth G. Libbrecht notes that the techniques used by Bentley to photograph snowflakes are essentially the same as those used today, and that while the quality of his photographs reflects the technical limitations of the equipment of the era, "he did it so well that hardly anybody bothered to photograph snowflakes for almost years". Bentley donated his collection of original glass-plate photomicrographs of snow crystals to the Buffalo Museum of Science. A portion of this collection has been digitized and organized into a digital library. Bentley was born on February 9, , in Jericho, Vermont. He first became interested in snow crystals as a teenager on his family farm.
Wilson A. Bentley: Pioneering Photographer of Snowflakes
Wilson Alwyn Bentley, known to his family as Willie, was born on the family farm in the Nashville section of Jericho on Feb. Growing up in the small, rural community, Willie had little formal education, but his mother, a former school teacher, saw to his education.
Gift Shop. Bentley Exhibit. Message Board. Jericho Historical Society. The Snowflake Man.
Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. This Caldecott Award winner has glorious woodcut illustrations. Declan, Tobin. Tobin, Declan. Easy Science for Kids. All about Yawning.