Author Kenneth Libbrecht's microphotographs of real snowflakes show the amazing beauty and science behind nature's creations. This year his photos were honored by the U.S. Postal Service in a set of holiday stamps.
Amazon.com is celebrating the author's work with an exclusive, free holiday snowfall in our store this season, along with a free activity sheet for snowflake fun with the whole family. Click here to open up the virtual snowfall we've created, and forward this page to share the snowfall with friends and family. If there is real snow where you live, print out the activity sheet (in color or black and white) for easy snowflake identification tips and fun for all ages. Be sure to check out Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes to see what types of snow crystals are falling!
In this season we're reminded how special everyone is in our lives--and that we are all one of a kind, just like snowflakes. We hope you enjoy our virtual snowfall and share the fun with all the unique people in your life. Happy holidays to you and yours from Amazon.com!
Pictured here is a beautiful example of a stellar dendrite, the largest and most familiar variety of snowflake. Click on the snowflake to open our virtual snowfall, and consult Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes to see detailed photographs and descriptions of dozens more types of snowflakes, some familiar and some surprising.
Snowflakes are temporary works of art, tiny crystalline masterpieces, each as different from the next as one person is from another. If you would like to look closer at these marvelous creations - and understand their patterns - this handy, pocket-sized book will serve as your introduction to the art and science of the snowflake. As entertaining as it is informative, this comprehensive field guide describes the many different types of snowflakes, where and how to find them, and what can be learned from their intricate structures and patterns. Also included are handy tips for intrepid snowflake hunters, including what type of snowflakes to expect during certain weather conditions, opportune ways for capturing them (the author prefers the brightly-lit tops of parking garages at night, for example). Illustrated with Libbrecht's own remarkable microphotographs of real snowflakes, the book is itself a work of art, as delightful to look at as it is to learn from, and as full of wonder as it is rich with answers. An excellent guide for snowflake lovers, classrooms, family fun, as well as the serious or amateur scientist.
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