Snowflakes, just small clumps of frozen ice crystals but so exquisitely beautiful. These shots were taken by Chris as he waited for the ute to warm up – which then illustrated another feature of snowflakes, their ephemeral nature.
We all know that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes but don’t often see that many to make a comparison, white on white being the general case. On the blue ute bonnet this day there were several different sorts visible – a case for the AAD to buy more coloured utes for definite.
The complexity of the shapes indicate these have been exposed to differing temperature and humidity regimes, making each individual snowflake virtually unique in structure. Although relatively large these have a long way to go to be the largest: a 38 cm wide snowflake was recorded in Montana during January 1887!