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June 5th, 2007 | Other
Amazing Photos of snow taken through a microscope.
How amazing to look at the structure of snow. I’ve taken macro pictures of snowflakes before, but never anything like this.
That’s pretty frickin’ sweet!
These are cool. I wonder if ice crystals form the same on other planets?
Is anyone looking at the commercial applications or macro-economic implication here? Has anyone patented this do you think? Why can it be too cold for snow?
What exactly are the pics for…?
I can’t believe they are of snow
Man!.. Its so structured!!!..
It’s gorgeous. Almost mechanical. Ahhh, the beauty of the spheres indeed.
wow that is so cool. i didn’t know they looked THAT cool close up! i’ve seen snowflakes in my hand and they just melt in a second, but they’re so COOL looking! how do they form like that? i’m sure it has to do with hydrogen-bonding and polarity, or something, but i don’t know exactly what. that’s amazing.
Amazing almost alien like mechanical structures.
Some like Greek or Roman architecture.
And some people say there is no God! Unbelievable.
These Pictures almost look like manufactured products in some ways. I wonder why that is. They just don’t all look random to me. I wonder if there’s some great law of physics hiding here.
and you just ruined it Linda. thanks.
And some people consider this evidence of God! Unbelievable.
There is no god dumbass. Everything is physics.
God is in the details!
And some people say there’s a God. Unbelievable.
Job 38:22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
Therein lies the age old question.
Which came first, God or Physics?
Physics negates love, however Love trumps physics. Perhaps there is an intellect superior to ours.
Amazing pictures! Nothing more, nothing less. No proof of God, no proof of no god. At the end of the day, we know nothing for sure. Cool article.. thanks for posting these tiny worlds.
There is a basic law of physics at work here - h20 forms it’s molecules with the Hs at 120 degrees from one another on the O atom. That is why snowflakes are six-sided. It would be the same on any planet.
These pictures were taken using a Scanning Electron Microscope, a nifty little (huge) microscope that uses electrons instead of light to capture images of surfaces of materials. The zoom range is quite huge (50,000x magnification is common for this), and it produces some of the most spectacular images ever seen.
Wikipedia has a decent article of this device, as well as an image showing you a snowflake from a low to extremely high zoom (you should add it to this article, it’s quite pretty).
Yes Linda, pretty pictures are proof of a mankind-invented deity. Thanks.
I can get why these pictures relate to the posting at a hlistic level but being a hugely practical beast I am not sure what I am learning from this. My reflective brian is not working well enough.
If I had a stab at it I would say
a. Structure within what looks like an amorphous thing - does this mean we can rationalise amorphous ideas
b. difference of structures within what is essentially “snow” - does this mean the same thing can actually be very different things depending on how you look at it. If so how should you look at it?
Then again life is too short so maybe just enjoy it!
OK, NoName, you’re full of it. it’s not 120 degrees. h20 is sp3 hybridized; a tetrahedral typically has 109.5 degree bond angles. H20 is an exception b/c of 2 lone pairs on O, so the H-H bond angle is scrunched to 107.5 degrees. Dont mean to go all out with achemistry lesson, but you apparently need one if your going to try and talk chemistry that you dont know about. Dont mean to be a jerk but I just reviewed this stuff 2 days ago and it’s really annoying to hear someone try to sound smart when they dont really know anything.
anyways, yeah. these are awsome pics. I never knew it was so detailed up close. they look like machine parts. this doesnt have anything to do with the validity of the assumption that god exists though. When something’s complexity is not yet understood, it’s very sad to see people jump to a religious explanation.
oooo pretty pictures, that’s really cool, wish i could do that!
Don’t blame Linda for her ignorance, blame Bertrand Russell! He’s the one who first came up with the design argument.
It must be a challenge to handle the samples without them melting in order to get these pictures!
I find the comments as fascinating as the pictures its interesting to see how different people respond to what they are seeing.
love em, great pics, cant wait to smash em into pieces with my skiis!!!
Wait a minute, these are totally fake. You can totally see a little guy kneeling under one of the structures in picture 21.
I think it was Waldo.
I made those!
God is another word for Physics. Where does quantam leave off, and reletivity begin. In the most compressed subatomic particle of a black hole to the end of a big bang. Naturally we recognize similar patterns in the tiniest momentary snowflake to a manmade piece of machinery, just as a telescopic view of large clusters of galaxsies and stars resemble three neuron brain cells and their connectors:
http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/pc/neuron-galaxy.jpg So, I figure we actually are made in God’s image.
I cant even understand how we can be of the same design.
Some so wise and some so foolish. But then again, we are only human beings, though some of us think that they are so much more, but they will fade away like the the grass of the field. Beautiful flakes makes me muse and leaves me full of amazement. Thanx for the great work.
Wow! These are awesome. The main purpose of these images to me seem to be one of igniting the imagination. I see little civilizations living on those snows capes; probably looking into new universes through micro or macro scopic vision of their own. Beautiful.
Some of these photos turned out really great. Thank you for sharing.
Creative design aside, the evidence of a God is revealed by the fact that our finite minds are even capable of comprehending the physics that are taking place here. Snowflakes are but a minuscule representation in the infinite number of evidences revealed in each nanosecond of our lifetime.
Sorry I scrolled down and read all that crap about “evidence”. Nice pics though.
Some of these comments astound me, truly they do. I’m not claiming to be some kind of philosopher, but even I can recognize that the arguments here are contrived. These are simply images of snowflakes. You can derive no proof for God from them, just as the definition of God is constructed such that logic cannot disprove the concept. The best I can say as a physicist is that the universe we describe does not require a higher intelligence as such, so there is really no need to assume the existence of one. Biological arguments built physics is also beginning to explain why many of us rely on faith. However, for those of us who do not I will simply say that its a battle we cannot win, faith is called faith for a reason, it sadly defies any logic we present. G.
Incredible images…they are awesome expressions fromour planet..whether intentional or simply a fancy of nature…interesting dialogue…my belief is that anyone who thinks that they absolutely know the answers to the questions posed above is fooling himself. We’re mere humans with many ideas, most of which will probably be wrong in the long run. Not that it’s bad to have an idea…we humans just shouldn’t assume we truly understand too much.
This is really cool!!
Beautiful pictures of snowflakes, I’m only sorry that so many people try to read something in to something beautiful. I don’t believe the Artist asked anyone’s opinion on their belief of God, or faith. Can’t someone only look at a person’s wonderful photography, and appreciate only that which is offered? It’s unfortunate that one has to make a point out of a snowflake!
Great Pictures! As my wife said or tried to say, enjoy, and be glad someone is interested enough to share the beautify he has found with another. If you want to start your own website about your opinion of religion, than do so - use your freedom of speech. I, however, don’t think that was this Artist’s intent. Again, stunning pictures, and thanks for sharing.
they are lovely.
wow. great pics. some of the comments sound so hostile simply because some of us look at these pictures and see the awesomeness of God in the details. it’s curious to me how anyone can be adament about there being no God. Can a Smart Person Believe in God by Michael Guillen and Evidence that Demands a Verdict are two great reads you may want to check out with an open mind before you close the door on the possibility of God. It really is ok to change your mind, even if you think you already have all the right answers; I did (and I have to add that some of my college professors didn’t like it very much).
HAHAHA Gareth you are funny and you assume to much.
As a physicist you should know what the word Universe actually means first. Do you?
Well I couldn’t quote it out of a dictionary, but I understand it to mean a region which includes everything. If theres another meaning I’m afraid I don’t know it. Not entirely sure I understand your comment though, perhaps you didn’t understand mine. The point I was trying to make was that we shouldn’t assume anything really. Assumptions can be useful, but they’re far from absolute truth. Apologies to everyone, this really isn’t the place for discussions of this nature. You can add my MSN if you want to continue this further (firstname.lastname@example.org). G.
Hey Spencer Kirkpatrick. I’m sure your wife really loves being disrespected like that. I bet you don’t even think you did anything wrong.
People, this space is reserved for anything anyone wants to say. Maybe I won’t even mention the snowflakes! (crap, just did) My point is if a photo is taken that makes people see God…..then wow! Great photo. If you are offended by someone else’s believes and/or opinions then get the hell of the internet!
nature @ its best beautiful
Universe is latin and it means, a single spoken sentence.
Guess who spoke that sentence in to being.
And one more thing to All of you that do not BELIEVE that there is GOD, I have a Question: Do you think that you know everything there is to know? No? do you perhaps know half of everything there is to know? let us say you do know half of everything. Here is my question, is it possible that GOD is in that half that you do NOT know?
Be honest with your selfs and repent, and GOD will forgive you. GOD BLESS
Wonderful photos! I think what is the most telling about many of the comments here is the terrible intensity and seething anger that many display at the mere mention of God. Why is this? Whatever you might believe about the existence of God, the commentor was simply expressing a feeling of awe with regard to the wonder and artistry of the subject in these photos. I’ve always thought that such deep anger can only come from denial of something that one knows to be true but cannot admit. Otherwise there is no point in the anger. Would you be equally angry over an alien connection theory? Apparently not. One was mentioned and got not one hate response like the many that the mention of God elicited. So look inside and ask why you are in denial. That is the real question.
oh yeah Sam, based on ur theory let us believe in the HYPNOTOAD cuz even with my limited 2% knowledge of all there is to know, the ALL MIGHTY HYPNOTOAD may be in the 98% left……
Holy cow, ignorance a bless? Lemme be cursed forever then……
Perhaps for the third time Sam, my point is this: While you say God may be in the other 50%, I am saying neither that a God does or does not exist in that 50%. However your implication is that a God does, which is entirely in conflict with your proposition that we do not know that 50%. Its not a proof, it is a pointless assumption. Your need for conflict in this matter baffles me. G.
It’s sad to see so many people confuse religion and god.
Amazing photos, thank for posting for us all to see.
And well said, Gerry.
As for gerry, i dont deny alliens cuz for me those r way more possible to exist than this “god”…
these are so very cool,, maybe I am seeing things,, but the second picture on the top left almost looks like a computer mon. setting on a desk,, like I said maybe I am seeing things,, but it looked cool
My dad made these.
My dad made those.
would be cool if people could at least make an effort to tolerate diverse views and opinions.
Francis Crick (co-discoverer of DNA double helix) attributes DNA to aliens….thats pretty out there, but he’s entitled to his opinion and interpretation of evidence as is everyone.
Wow! I don’t intend to probe my thoughts about things to write about clever words to say about these wonderful special pictures of one of my favorite things in the Universe. I remember catching snowflakes on a piece of black velvet when I was a child, to see if it were true that no flake is alike. Now I don’t care if they are or not. I just love the way they look, and I love these great pictures. Furthermore I don’t care if the pics aren’t real, they still made my day!
I always thought snowflakes were symmetrical. These are not, QED.
By the way, as soon as you say ‘God’, he exists, even if only as a concept in your mind. QED, God exists. So, if by YOUR words you created something, then who is to say that you and/or the snowflake were not created by someone else’s words eg God’s?
Fundamentalist athiests are so arrogantly bound up in their own flawed logic that they can’t see how quickly they trip themselves up with it.
Not all the pictured had come up when I typed my first comment.
I have to say that although the pictures reveal beauty and order, they also reveal chaos, breakage, and asymetry.
Therefore, although I am an comitted Christian and believe in intelligent design, these photos on their own provide no proof of God. No disproof either. Evidence, yes, but not proof either way.
So, be honest with yourselves: faith is faith, whether it is Fundamentalist Christian faith or Fundamentalist Athiest faith and anything between- and all require basic assumptions that simply cannot be proven either way.
I would say this: Christianity is primarily about getting your messed-up life strightened out by reconnecting it to ‘the maintencance guy upstairs’. Snowflakes are a secondary issue.
As for the one’s here that say there is no God.
Whether we believe in God or not makes no difference if He is real or not. He does exist and those who believe that He doesn’t will be in for a rude awakening one of these days.
For those who don’t believe, it may behoove you to investigate it. Read the Holy Bible, go to church and discuss it with a Christian and then make your decision.
YOU ARE ALL GOING TO HELL!!!
post nice pics, get a god vs no god argument. internet people ruin everything.
a mac is better than a pc. discuss.
i just want all of you to know that my momma (virgin marry, Dad bless her soul) always said “life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you gonna get”…
I do wish there was more information on the type of microscope used and how the photos were taken though.
stupid pictures, they look like garbage
sam: wtf, go to bed
Antoine: yea! lol
Izabael: Search for “Scanning Electron Microscope” on wikipedia or google
Linda: try LCD for more proofs
You are a unique snowflake.
that’s amazing…i almost dont believe it!!! wow
Wow, those are amazing.
It has been said there is nothing new on earth , , ,
I beg to differ!!!!
@andrea: Macs are proof of the existence of God.
This comment section is proof that if there is a God and we were made in his image, then he’s most likely an intolerant idiot.
But at least she made some beautiful snowflakes.
@Ling: You are my favorite person ever.
..increíble se parecen a las fotos del científico Masuro E. Moto, el hizo experimentos con los cristales de agua y cómo están influenciados por los sentimientos, la palabras y los pensamientos, dependiendo de éstos los cristales de agua cambian de forma…
As I am intellectually deficient I will only say, “Thank God I am blessed to be able to witness such beauty.”
has anyone decided which form of flake provides the best skiing surface. if so, it would be nice to get the different resorts graded on the quality of snow they provide!
Es impresionante ver como toda naturaleza cósmica se relaciona, sobre todo en el concepto de “redondeces” o formas “concéntricas”. Los cristales de nieve remiten mucho a los pétalos de flores. Tienen formas de flores, y también de hojas aserruchadas. Es increíble como toda la naturaleza se relaciona entre sí. Nora
VERY BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS !! THANK GOD FOR SNOW AND THE ABILITY TO SEE SUCH BEAUTY!!!
Hey Sam. Please think about this. You say that in the realm of what we don’t know lies the possibility of the existence of God yet, in the same breath you put forth with no proof the existence of God as a fact. How does this make you yourself open minded? Many people do not believe in God because there’s no proof. These same people do not disbelieve in God, again because there’s no proof. Their minds are open. It appears that you can’t say the same. WONDERFUL pictures.
wow thats a lot of comments
wow, page took time to load but it was worth alot. really nice pictures. thanks
I saw this site because this morning in our congregation we were studing Job 38 and we point verse 22, and I promised to my brethren get some pictures of snowflakes, more than 3,ooo years ago God made this question and recently with the help of a microscope (God gives inteligence to man to invent microscope or other machine) some men may answer: YES, HOW GREAT THOU ART. God have a lot of questions for you in chapters 38,39,40 and 41 and you, believer or not, may answer? Would be good if you may read Romans 1:20-32. My God doesn’t need to proof you His existence because all evidence is before your eyes, if you don’t believe is because YOU ARE A FOOLISH, BLIND and DEAD IN SINS, but He still loves you and if you repeant HE will forgives you. ¿OK?
Superior! Nature is a greatest artist!
Has anyone traveled the mycelial network? (See mcgilh link mentioned above.) As a theory, if everything contains some type of energy would it not be possible to somehow make a connection with “everything”, be it a conscious or unconscious relationship? The mycelial network is the pathway for our energy to connect to all things on a micro and macro scale. Think about all the weird connections you may have had during your lifetime. Is God not energy?
SO much pseudo-intellectual babble. I am impressed. Now shut-up.
The pictures,they are beautiful. Fascinating and beautiful. Like women, they are all fascinating and they are all beautiful.
Very amazing photos! It’s interesting to see the enormous quantities of imperfections (chance defects), while at the same time, all the snowflakes do their best to keep a hexagonal shape. Mesmerizing! Also, it was sad to hear everyone argue. The physicists trying to logically explain physics to the brainless, while the religious condemn the faithless . I don’t even want to tell you which side I’m on. (I did think it was funny for Baptist Diva to say everyone here was going to hell. Should I remind Diva that there were faithful on the post as well?)
Continue of snow series:
The nature of things, even snowflakes…simply complex and always fascinating if you look close enough. Thanks.
i really dont want to argue abouth the existance of god but to argue the retaardedness of people commenting about a snowflake…and you all are leaving the possiblity of all or like buddah or gahndi or something other than your belief…i would laugh if only mormans went to heaven
Truly amazing creations of god! Just enjoy the pictures and be happy someone thought of sharing such beautiful pictures with you.
Carlos, you are an alien.
with a lot of love from your brother across the border. enjoy the pictures!
My thoughts are like this: I believe in God and in His son Jesus. I know some are freaking out about this but it’s okay, I have a point. If when I die, I am wrong, what do I lose? Okay I die and there is nothing? Or reincarnation? Or whatever… IF I am right I gain everything.
I just chose the hopeful side. I just think if there really isn’t a god then what is the point?
I chose to believe.
I am god and I dont believe in you people those snow flakes dont question my existence nor do they deny it they just accept they are snowflakes and dont do any mental heavy lifting
so…i have to say that i enjoyed the comments/names much more than i enjoyed the pics….ALTHOUGH i did LOVE them nonetheless! hehehee….u ppl make me laugh. :]
So, I realized that the unique design of these snowflakes have a certain mathematical formula which i will list here.
NO SHE WILL NOT. (sorry, my friend is bothering your minds with her supposedly complex words just to appear smart[ical]) lol!
so…ur welcome. i stopped her. hahahhahaaaa!
ssssssssssssssnnnnnnnnnoooooooowwwwwwww. its yummy. mmmmmm……………………delicious.
It’s so amazing! So geometrical! So fantastic!
snow is so amazing God is so cool!!
*******************************Yee,***** snow, water! is beauty! Life on the planet. 85% of human brain is water! beautyful indeed.
by the way the water you guys drink from the tab, looks nothing like that, its all modified, its “dead.” Water has a memory, its structure changes depending on the message sent. therefore it has a great healing effect, but can also kill. So people watch your actions, treat this planet well, and you will receive it all back.
it all true, scintificly proven.
Not surprised this days why there has been so many desasters, tornados and tsunami last few decades. What humans seat, is what they get. Why do you think the global warming is comming? and what will it lead to?
Structure looks like a battlefield with destroyed buildings, scattered weapons, really amazing!
God is awesome…This is evidence of God’s great works, maker of heaven and earth. Beautiful…absolutely gorgeous!
they look so werid but in a good way.
You can see the true of this pictures. God has disagned all details. Just look deep. How can this to be? yeah, you have seen that is amazing. Cast about this. You can see the true.
I like ACID
But they are awesome pic’s and I’m sure they are EXACTLY what they are supposed to be of SNOW!
BOB…..I KNOW theres more intelligent life than us supposed >Humans
Bob thank you!! Alias, I like acid too! I also Like God! And people are also very cool. Most of them anyway,, but these pictures,, this is the face of the Great Mystery. The mystery of Life is the mystery of creation. We are all creation. Many blessings to the human who has brought these wonderfull images for us to ponder with our thoughts. Way to go, Hello from Minnesota
those pics suck
Well, given that all the god-botherers, bible-bashers and saint-suckers shut their necks over Xmas, I guess the Big Man serves some purpose.
Apart from saving my sorry-ass soul and any others who fear eternal damnation.
Although it was entertaining for a while.
I wonder if the snow’s melted yet?
it is unbelievable ………….
when i think of those beautiful shapes , I recall God’s power in making those tiny particles to which People pay attention as if they have been taken for granted. the pictures reminded me of a city full of stars but white which none of them looks like each other or like people on the earth . they come from skytto show us how much tiny matters are in our life that we dont see them. let’s see out beautiful much more deeply…….
its the act of god(allah)
i love what Ashley wrote. that is exactly the way i feel. i love God and He saved me! He’s my Redeemer and i would not credit thes wonderful snowflakes to anyone else but Him! He did an awesome job for you and me! i love these pictures! thank you for sharing them! =)
Atheism is not faith or a religion, whoever said that is an idiot.
There is one thing I’ve never quite understood.
Do religious people by “God” mean the God written in their books(a man upstairs that monitors your every move and has given you laws to follow in order to end up in heaven, man-kind is a self-portrait of himself)?
Or is it a symbol of greater powers? If it is the latter, then religion is heavily undefined and can mean absolutely anything. If it’s not the latter then whoever believes it is an absolute idiot as it has been disproved an uncountable number of times.
I don’t want to get into details, but you can find so many flaws in the Koran or Bible that it’s not even funny.
A mac is a PC…….
Does that mean that God is a snowflake?
Personally I don’t care if there is a god or not. I like proof of the things I believe in. Apparently proof deny’s faith which, conveniently for all the believers out there, means that they can’t prove the existence of god because that means he won’t exist. QED. So I am not at all interested in whether there is a god or not. However, I do disagree with the idea that people should be hurt for not believing in someone’s “God”. People with this attitude need to be removed from society. I remember learning about some Holy Wars when I was at school, most of them Christian’s fighting for God’s Sake…. They seem a little pointless as all, some or no religion is correct. But a good point was made earlier in these comments, snowflakes are beautiful. Why should we ruin this page by having a God vs No God discussion. Lets save that for the forums people. Enjoy the snowflakes.
Such structure seems to need a creator, Don’t you think?
Can any of you erudite people please explain to this old fool how ALL our western Gods (?) wandered in out of some middle eastern desert.
Were they searching for snowflakes? - and why do all their disciples loath each other?
Roll -on the new Crusades!
forts a pair I assumed We had reminded even and began for the removing to actually woods about
Believing in God didn’t happen for me until I prayed - and - just as the Bible said, he made Himself known and answered prayer - if it was prayed in the name of Jesus. So….it is not just physics and “science” you must look at IF you want to prove or disprove God’s existence - it is also COMES WITH having faith and acting on it - there is no other explanation for how prayers get answered - the law of averages simply does not explain these astounding coincidences that happen when I pray - it would be like winning the lottery 30 times in a row.
WHY do I bring this up? Because yes, some people DO look at this and think “Wow - look what God made!” If you want to knock God or be negative - or you need to see these flakes in another light - that’s your right, but it is also OUR right to say we believe these were made by God - and to NOT be ridiculed because of our beliefs.
Some of us people of faith know in our hearts that we have proof - for us - that God is real. God is at the core of my being -not just some religion or ritual or just lipservice. When you knock God to me, you are knocking down the head of my household, my everything, my great joy and love - a giant chunk of who I am.
**Be aware that for Christians, these are not just words. When you knock down my God, it is just like if I were to knock down or belittle a beloved family member of YOURS.**
Unnecessary roughness. There is no reason at all to not allow people to enjoy these pictures in the way each sees fit - no need to be mean-spirited toward someone of faith.
To all those who are posting positive things - WITHOUT the need to dump on God - I applaud you.
these are amazing I would like to see them in microscope…great job=)
these are amazing
There is a God. Those structures are an accident? I think not. You who say there isn’t a God after seeing such things are living proof, that even if He came into your living room and showed you irrefutable proof that He is real, you’d still deny it.
Fantastic pics. Thanks for posting them.
that was cool i will like to see more …. bye
Love Kassie !!!
This is really cool!
we think you all need to get lives you all sit here and argue about wether God exsits or not
its your opion dont insult other peoples beliefs
and just write about the snow flake as this is what the page is about!
pics are coool btw
peace out and god bless
how could you guys say God doesn’t exist?! that’s a major sin right there. Well,obviously ya’ll are going to Hell.
Photography exists, and if you have a simple Point-and-Shoot, with a nice magnifying glass in front of your lens, you too can make images to stir the imagination:
And people don’t believe in an intelligent Designer??? Does the rainbow just appear from nowhere? It’s a reminder from God…that he loves us and will not again destroy the earth by water. This is a warning!!!! Come into the ark of safety - Jesus…..Next time it’s going to be a flood…not of water, but of fire….Do you not hear the thunder?
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