Photo credit: Andrew Osokin

Just about anyone who lives in a cold climate or has been to the mountains have probably come across snowflakes, but thanks to photographer Andrew Osokin, here’s a fascinating macro look at the ice crystals. They begin as snow crystals which develop when microscopic supercooled cloud droplets freeze. Continue reading to see more.

Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperature and humidity regimes, such that individual snowflakes are nearly unique in structure. Snowflakes encapsulated in rime form balls known as graupel. Snowflakes appear white in color despite being made of clear ice. This is due to diffuse reflection of the whole spectrum of light by the small crystal facets.

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