il neige


every crystal was a masterpiece of design, and no one design was ever repeated. when a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost ~ wilson a. bently

bonsoir mes amis,

today paris was blanketed in snow… il neige!  =  it snows! it’s quite possibly one of my favourite french phrases to say right now.  although it turned to slush fairly quickly and despite the fact i have seen snow several times before in my life on the ski fields of my homelands and again while living in Vancouver for a short time, snow at christmas time turns me into a six year old.

it was made more exciting when i took a closer look at the snowflakes that had fallen on the black rail of the balcony – the shape of the single snowflake was the exact same as the cartoon shapes that appear on christmas cards, only so tiny that it was difficult to see with the naked eye.  at risk of sounding even more like a six year old i never ever (in my long legged life) knew anything about this.

so i did what my friend, Emily, does when she needs answers.  I wiki-d it.

as it turns out, the photographs above by mr wilson a. bently, were some of the first photographs of this amazing phenomenon.  the technology bently pioneered is said to have made a significant contribution in both scientific and photographic realms.  In fact, the method for photographing snowflakes has hardly changed since the man took the first shot in 1885.

it’s terribly ironic/whimsical/makes for a cool story that the guy died out in a blizzard.  2 days before christmas and just a few short weeks after the publication of his ground breaking book in 1938.


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One response to “il neige

  1. Claire Molloy

    Beautifully written Dani 🙂

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