December 20, 2002

It's beginning to look

Image copyright Fred First
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We are expecting a white one. Ann will leave for work in the dark at about the time children begin to tug excitedly at the covers of their parents' bed and go in to find the cookie missing from Santa's plate in the family room. Buster and I will stay home near the fire, going out every once in a while to see if we can find two snowflakes exactly alike.

I once brought a dissecting microscope home from work. I left it in the basement overnight to bring it close to outside temperatures. The next day, in mittened hands, I retrieved a very cold dark-colored jar lid I had put in the freezer. Outside there was a fluffy snow falling in perfect vertical lines. Holding the lid up to the sky, I captured a dozen tiny flakes on the lid, and quickly put this under the two eyepieces of the stereoscope. This is what I saw.

In my back yard, I saw these snowflakes. There too I beheld the Andromeda galaxy. Microscope and telescope reveal beyond the limit of our natural eyes man's proportion and the beauty of the spheres. Both make me humble, and thankful. I will think of this as the world goes white with beauty on Christmas day.

"Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind." Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley
Posted by fred1st at December 20, 2002 07:24 AM
Comments

You lucky dog ! I envy you, able to run around with your camera, while my legs are being stopped by age. Fill every minute with more than sixty seconds of all the beauty around you. Don't miss a thing. Wishing you a beautiful new year.

Posted by: Dee at December 24, 2002 07:23 PM

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