The Art of Snowflakes

You’ve heard the saying that no two snowflakes are exactly alike, but now you can actually see for yourself! Winter Weather Expert Tom Niziol is well-versed in photographing snowflakes and snow crystals and has a website dedicated to his amazing photos. Don’t know the difference between a snowflake and a snow crystal? Here’s how Niziol describes it:

“Snow flakes can be nothing more than one, individual snow crystal, but more often than not, are made up of several, sometimes hundreds of snow crystals.”

These snow crystal photos are breathtaking enough that they don’t need their own caption or explanation, so sit back, relax, and scroll in peace!

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These photos were all taken of snow crystals off the shores of Lake Erie near Buffalo, NY. If the Winter Weather Expert describes Buffalo as “one of the snowiest and most beautiful winter locations on Earth”, you know it’s legit. If you’ve ever taken a photo of a snowflake or snow crystal, submit it to our Community Gallery!

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  1. Amazing photographs. Wonder what Tom Niziol thinks of the snowflake/water research conducted by Masaro Emoto and if he too thinks (as Emoto posited) that consciousness can affect molecules?

  2. Fantastic artistry in all the photographs by both Mother Nature and Tom Niziol

  3. I think that if it is going to be so cold then we should have snow so it can be pretty and cold.

  4. Snow is beautiful, I concede that point…..I’ll even go so far as to say that winter can be beautiful, but wow, I’d rather live somewhere that never had snow.

  5. Stunning photos! Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us geeks…

    Photography is dear to me, both as a profession and a hobby. Growing up in Atlanta I haven’t had a lot of chances to capture snowflakes. Your flakey gallery is a real treat for me!
    Maybe there will be some snow around here this winter and I will finally get my snowflake shots. What say you? Snowy winter for Atlanta this season or not?


    ps-I am so jealous of your lenticular cloud photo😉

  6. I’m amazed at seeing how these all look like mandalas! I love it when I see “art” in its natural state, created by Nature! No wonder people have been trying to re-create nature for millenia. It just adds to my knowing that we are all connected, every thing and every one. Beautiful, thank you!

      1. PS I miss the New England snow, too. I had fun in Chicago once in February, you do get great snow there! Now I’m in SW Fla!

  7. I miss the snow, living an hour south of Chicago we’re used to shoveling, sledding & braving the roads to & fro. There is beauty in a fresh snow covered landscape.

  8. At a young age, I like seeing the snow flakes fall from the sky during the Winter Season. I took a Snowflake class at a Center For Active Seniors about two years ago. Our instructor showed us how to cut out a red, white, and blue paper snowflakes, and attaching the three pieces together.  It was tricky, and I completed the snowflake, it is in my memory album book to this day.  

  9. Absolutely Gorgeous!!! I love learning about Snowflake Bentley and his photography of snowflakes. My dogs name is Winter Snow Storm and next month we welcome Aurora Snow Flake!!!! Love all things snow!

    1. All right !! You get two thumbs up from me, anyone whose dog is named Winter Snow Storm and whose handle is letitsno is all right in my book !!!

  10. AWESOME, I am a fan of Snowflakes! Mother Nature in her art designs! She is awesome in the Winter season.  Fabulous designs! Thank you so much for the photos for viewing!White Lily

    1. You are quite welcome, it is great to see others enjoy Mother Nature’s Art !!

  11. These are amazing. As a chemist I understand crystal formation, but snowflakes are pure works of art.-ardeehill

    1. Yes, at least when they form, they can fragment into pieces that do not quite look like hexagonal flakes but they all start with a hexagon.

      Absolutely !!

  12. Just amazing!!! Love the snow and the crystal clear sky at night! God’s creation is amazing. It is mind boggling how no two snowflakes are alike!

  13. Nothing more beautiful on earth, in my opinion! (Except maybe clouds…)

  14. It’s amazing to me how something so small & fragile can build up to cause such havoc. Snow plows- I don’t miss you! (:

  15. Snowflakes are a very interesting weather phenomenon. There is a lot to still learn about these little white particles of mother nature!

    Pictures are very cool by the way!

  16. These are just beautiful. Now if only we could get some proper snow ourselves!

    Do you know about Snowflake Bentley and how he was the first person to photograph individual snowflakes/crystals?

    1. I not only know of him, he is one of my heroes !! I was lucky enough to work on a project to catalog some of his original photographic plates a few years ago, it was a real treat…

    2. My great gramp was friends with Bentley; his work is beautiful and amazing. I have my great gramps private collection, most are over 100 years old but they are still awesome, and very much like the ones above although you can see how technology has made them much improved 😉 Nice job thanks for sharing!

    3. I did a lot of work on Bentley’s original glass plates, researching his original logbooks as well, it was an honor to work on his research !!

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