Monday, January 18, 2010

**Snowflake Bentley**

When my oldest son was in kindergarten, he came home so excited one winter afternoon. He asked me if I had ever heard of Snowflake Bentley. He said that they had read a book about him in school that was really cool. So, off we went to the library to find the book on Snowflake Bentley.

It was really cool! So cool that we had to buy a copy for our own library. Wilson A. Bentley, 1865 - 1931, lived in Jericho, Vermont where the average annual snowfall is around 120 inches. He was a curious child, whose parents supported his inquisitiveness.

He discovered a way to photograph snowflakes under a microscope ~ sharing their beauty with the world. He also found beauty in frost and morning dew. Where some may find 120 inches of snow to be a nuisance, Wilson A. Bentley found beauty.

I was so intrigued that I added his biography and his major work "Snow Crystals" to our library as well. "Snow Crystals" features 2,453 of Wilson A. Bentley's photos. A wonderfully inspiring book.
Every January, after the holiday decorations are put away, these three books are brought out to help remind us to enjoy the beauty of the season.

A few years ago, my sister-in-law Joy gifted me with these wonderful prints. These three snowflakes are hand printed from Mr. Bentley's original lantern slides. They grace my wall all year long...
If you would like to be inspired and have a few moments, be sure to stop by the Snowflake Bentley website. There is a lovely gift shop there, too.

All this talk about "Snowflake" Bentley inspired me to finish my Stacy Nash club kit. And just in time, too. I think the new one will be in the mail shortly...

"I found that snowflakes were masterpieces of design. No one design was
ever repeated. When a snowflake melted... just that much beauty was gone,
without leaving any record behind."
-Wilson A. Bentley

Blessings, Patti


Nancy said...

I love snowflakes! Thanks for posting about the books. Your framed snowflakes are gorgeous, and your mitten is very nice too!

corinna said...

just checking google reader before sleep
what a beautiful story
thanks for sharing

1885.... sweet inspiration

corinna said...

p.s. love the mitten too

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I've heard of him, but I will investigate now. Love the mitten.


Sherry said...

I love snow and snowflakes so I will be popping over to that website. Thank you for telling us about that interesting man! I had never heard of him. How neat! The mitten is just lovely!

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

What a wonderful story and how interesting. His snowflakes prints are beautiful and so is your completed mitten. Thanks for sharing.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Your parents live in Tuscola? Did you grow up there? My husband graduated from Tuscola High School.


staci said...

I have never heard of Snowflake Bentley before, I will be sure to check my library now :) Love your SN mitten, it's absolutely adorable! Terrific post!!!

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

What a sweet mitten you made with all those little stitches.

Snowflake Bentley sounds so interesting. I love books and am headed over there now to buy it! I love the snowflakes also, what a nice gift to receive.

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed it.

Warm blessings ~ Jenn

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Patti ~ Thank you for sharing these books. I think I'll have to buy my own copies now!
Your latest stitchery is lovely ~ as always! :)