From ten thousand feet above the Earth, a snowflake begins its fall. Its journey starts when ice forms around a nucleus of dust and is blown by the winds through clouds where the crystals blossom into tiny ice stars. Because it weighs next to nothing, a snow crystal may take hours to fall–finally landing where Caltech physicist Kenneth Libbrecht can use microphotography to record the tiny, intricate, frozen artistry of the snowflake.
«In a snowflake, just an ordinary snowflake, we can find a fascinating tale of the spontaneous emergence of pattern and form. From shapeless water vapor, complex structures emerge in an airborne symphony of meteorological morphogenesis. Snowflakes are the product of a rich synthesis of physics, mathematics, and chemistry — and they’re fun to catch on your tongue.»
— Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing. “Snowflake: Winter’s Frozen Artistry”
Besides of very interesting content, i was impressed by quality of snowflake photos in the book. Kenneth Libbrecht’s snowflake photography is real inspiration for me.
In new revision of the book (2015), authors also introduces other snowflake photographers (including my mom and myself) with examples of their work, showing different approaches to snow crystal macro photography. We both very proud of it!