Snowflake Sampler

January 27, 2020

6 Flocons-

Photographer: Daniel Leclerc
Summary Author: Daniel Leclerc

These lovely, dentritic snow crystals were collected near my home in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The temperature was 32 F (0 C) when I took these images, on January 4, 2020. Though nearly all snow crystals are hexagonal, how they grow depends on temperature and humidity.

The six-sided symmetry in a snowflake arises from the arrangement of water molecules in the ice lattice. However, because the six branches are growing independently of each other, whether the shape is plate-like or pencil-like, snowflakes aren’t necessarily symmetrical.

Photo Details: Camera: Canon SX60 HS; F/3.4; ISO1600; 0.6 sec. exposure.