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Luís
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 04:28 am:   

Since Jeff's Charbuque novel deals with snowflakes, I'm posting this here:

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/

(Includes a great gallery of "designer snowflakes" grown in lab.)

Best,
Luís

PS: Don't expect a turd site from me any time soon.
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jeff ford
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2003 - 05:29 am:   

Luis: Nice! Thanks a lot.
There's also a couple of good web sites around dealing with this guy Wilson Snowflake Bentley, who was one of the first people, or maybe the first, to photograph snowflakes. His story played into the character of Mr. Londel in The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque.
http://snowflakebentley.com/
Thanks again Luis. The PS above cracked me up.

Best,

Jeff
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KJ Bishop
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 - 01:51 pm:   

Those snowflakes are snow beautiful! I'm in awe.
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jeff ford
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 04:40 pm:   

KJ: I know what you mean. When I started getting into them, I'd spend long periods of time just staring at them.On one of the Bentley sites, you can actually buy one of his old photos. Not too expensive. They're beautiful. It's so incredible that they are so elegant, so symmetrical and so fragile. Supposedly no two alike. Who would know?


Best,

Jeff
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Brrrrian Frost
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 05:14 pm:   

Being up to my beak in it, I must say I'm not impressed by snow. In fact, I know dozens of different words for it: tlapa, tlacringit, kayi, tlapat, klin, naklin, tlamo, tlatim, tlaslo, tlapinti, kripya...

Yours,
Brrrrian Frost (a penguin)

PS: I do love sand.
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KJ Bishop
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2003 - 05:19 pm:   

I remember the day my mum first showed me photos of snowflakes. I would have been really young, and it's my first memory of feeling really consciously astonished by the world and wondering 'what's it all about'?
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Luís
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 11:07 am:   

Hi Jeff, here's a "new" Bentley link, with his entire collection of snowflake photographs:

http://mail.ssec.wisc.edu/snow/

Beautiful, beautiful stuff.

Cheers,
Luís
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2004 - 11:39 am:   

Luis: A million thanks. I always thought just one of his photos would have been a great cover for the book. I appreciate it.

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