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Image description: Wilson A. Bentley adapted a microscope to a bellows camera, and after years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885. 
In 1903, he sent 500 prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian and these images are now part of their archives. View more of Bentley’s snowflake photos.
Photo from the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Image description: Wilson A. Bentley adapted a microscope to a bellows camera, and after years of trial and error, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885. 

In 1903, he sent 500 prints of his snowflakes to the Smithsonian and these images are now part of their archives. View more of Bentley’s snowflake photos.

Photo from the Smithsonian Institution Archives