"You always take so long to do your blog!"

I laughed out loud.

My son said,
"Really, you do. 
You wouldn't notice, 
because you're the one doing it."

Oh, well.

I've been studying snowflakes, boy!

Remember the simple joy of making paper snowflakes? A couple of years ago my son had them hanging everywhere. Snowflakes are a beautiful metaphor for creativity. Each one is different and each one beautiful. It's amazing to me that God puts so much beauty into something that we can't really see with the naked eye, and that has such a short existence.

You will find beautiful photographs of snowflakes at Snowcrystals.com. You can also find out more than you thought could ever be known about snowflakes.

I bet Wilson Bentley, The Snowflake Man, was a little bit odd. The Dreamer Famer, so to speak. He lived in the 1800's and figured out a way to make photographs of snowflakes using a microscope. He took his first photograph of a snowflake in 1885 after years of working at adapting a microscope to a bellows camera.

Can't you hear the conversation at some Vermont country store back in the 1800's?

"Where's Wilson? Ever since he got that contraption of his he hasn't been in here to play checkers. And he beat me last time, and owes me the chance to beat him."

"Well, he was looking at grass blades back in the spring with that viewer thing of his, but now I hear he's looking at snowflakes. Which is a good thing, 'cuz we sure got a lot of 'em."

"A-yuh. Yuh-yuh. I wonder what he'll take a notion to look at next?

Okay, I slipped some Maine-speak in there. But you get the drift. (A ha ha ...get it, get the drift?)

If you'd like to make a virtual snowflake click here

For those of you who are tactile - here's a little how-to that I scanned, with some examples - you cut the dark part away from each triangle example and you'll get a beautiful snowflake to hang in your window. A wonderful thing to do in January for the new year. Every year is different and unique, too. That bears thinking about.

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keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden