Eyecatchers: Andrew Osokin’s Snowflakes

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Today, via The Curious Brain I discovered the jaw-droppingly beautiful macro photography of Andrew Osokin. The link to Osokin’s site didn’t work last I checked, likely because these photos have gone viral, and taking a look at his work it’s pretty obvious how that happened.

If you’re like me, when you think of a snowflake you think of paper cutouts, symmetrical geometric patterns, all straight lines and crisp angles.

But now, thanks to Osokin, I see that there’s MUCH more going on in that wintry white stuff.

The most striking flakes, to me, look more like the leaves of plants — ferns, cedar fronds, even seaweed — than any ice crystal I’ve seen before.

It kinda blows my mind, thinking about the level of complexity in these forms. But, I fear losing the experience of awe if I were to insist on knowing why these structures exist and how they form.

Rather, I think I’ll just take simple pleasure in them, as I do with many other forms of nature, large and small.


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2 thoughts on “Eyecatchers: Andrew Osokin’s Snowflakes

  1. Naomi Baltuck

    I can’t believe my eyes! I thought, at first glance, that it might be done by a glassblower, but then I read your post. What a trip! Thanks for sharing.


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