Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley

Did you ever try to catch a snowflake? Do you like snowflakes? Wilson Bentley liked them. He was born on February 9, 1865, in Vermont. There was always plenty of snow each winter. He wanted to see what snowflakes looked like up close. He was very curious, mainly about snow! His mom gave him a microscope when he was fifteen. He used it to look at snowflakes. He was amazed at the shapes he saw. Each tiny ice crystal had six sides or arms. He tried to draw their shapes. It wasn't easy! Snowflakes melt quickly. The shapes were very intricate. He couldn't draw fast enough!

Wilson wanted to take pictures of the snowflakes. That would be a way he could study them for a while. He tried different things. He caught snowflakes on a blackboard. He attached a special camera to .....

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