The design contained within every detail of a snowflake is nothing short of a miracle. Just by using a point-and-shoot camera one can capture this marvel of nature. In this video, Filmmaker Vyacheslav Ivanov has documented the phenomenon of snowflakes forming, through the lens of a microscope.
The two-minute, staff-picked Vimeo video shows a series of slowly-forming snowflakes. But is that it? Could it be that simple? No flipping way! iO9’s Robert Gonzalez describes, “As water freezes, water molecules bound to other water molecules [and] crystallize into a hexagonal structure, where each point on the hexagon is an oxygen atom and each side of the hexagon is a hydrogen bonded to an oxygen. As freezing continues, more water molecules are added to this microscopic six-sided structure, causing it to grow in size into the six-sided macroscopic structure that we recognize as snowflakes.”