Stars lie in piles

I was walking to the train station early on a Saturday morning. Rolling my suitcase behind me, bitterly cold, light fluffy snow falling. One of those days quiet enough for the snowflakes to make it all the way through the atmosphere and the miles of empty air completely intact. Dusted with stars, scarf prickling with stars.




And then I looked at the ground, and I saw that even the couple of inches of snow there were lying so softly on each other that you could still see the perfect, perfectly distinct stars, these unimaginably delicate piles of snow and air and their minute tangled points...


I took these last two with my 50mm lens about three inches from the snow, for an idea of size. You can view any of them big by clicking through and then clicking again.

19 comments:

Holly And the Ivy 2/04/2011 9:04 AM  

Gosh I love this kind of thing! Specially when the stars are big enough to see! It makes them so surreal and magic :D hehe

Debbie Barr 2/04/2011 9:34 AM  

So beautiful! I love it when the weather is just right, and you can see the individual snowflakes.

odessa 2/04/2011 10:34 AM  

oooooohhhhh...precious! i am IN LOVE with the 3rd photo. and yess, i am a weather wuss, but wouldn't mind the snow if only i can see snowflakes up close. <3

Bridey 2/04/2011 12:12 PM  

Those photos are amazing!

Q 2/04/2011 1:19 PM  

And it sparkled, too.

geekspawn 2/04/2011 3:28 PM  

Oh my goodness. Every single time you post snow picture it just takes my breath away. So beautiful.

Erin 2/04/2011 10:25 PM  

If I stare at the text about the top photo, the middle snowflake on that picture keeps flickering, like it's in motion. Nothing else, just that one snowflake. It doesn't matter if I blink and shake myself, it keeps going.

Anyway. These are the epitome of gorgeous.

Kim 2/04/2011 11:52 PM  

Absolutely, incredibly, beautiful!

R. 2/05/2011 12:17 AM  

It's 40 degrees Celcius here today. The idea that somewhere in the world, these beautiful tiny snowflakes are falling both boggles and enlivens me.

(Also, I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to Tumblr the last image. Will of course link back to you.)

--xo.

Poppy 2/05/2011 1:50 AM  

I still can't believe that this is what snowflakes ACTUALLY look like.

Holly 2/05/2011 12:28 PM  

Holly - Yeah, usually when they're still intact I can only see them as asterisks...not that poetic.

Debbie - Oh, I know! It puts me in danger of frostbite from enchanted lingering, that's my only complaint. :P

Odessa - Where is the coldest place you have been? New York?

Bridey, Q, Erin, Kim - I was so excited to capture and share them. <3

geekspawn and Poppy - If it makes you feel less deprived, the only times I've seen them like this are the times I've showed them to you. Poppy, I guess microscopically they always look like this, but most of the time they are either morphologically bastardized in their fall (clumping into things that look like ashes) or too small to discern anything but an asterisk shape.

R. - Yikes. Yes, keep some snowflakes in your brain...from Chicago, to Sydney, with love. And certainly I do not mind, but how gracious of you to make sure.

Lena 2/06/2011 6:29 AM  

Wunderschöne Bilder!
Und danke für deinen wirklich lieben Kommentar. Ich brauchte in den letzten Wochen ein bisschen Abstand vom virtuellen Leben.

andsoiwasthinking 2/07/2011 6:12 AM  

Wow, that is so cool!!!
- kez

Holly 2/07/2011 8:54 PM  

Lena - Danke :) Und ja, das kann ich verstehen. Ich freue mich dass die Abwesenheit aus positiven Gründen war.

Kez - Thank you :) I hope you get to see it someday for real, it's far more magical.

Cheray 2/21/2011 1:47 AM  

Ohh!! Holly!!
They're all types of wonderful!
I'm obsessed with snowflakes at the moment, though none of the ones I saw were as pretty or defined as these ones
xxx

Holly 2/22/2011 11:49 AM  

Cheray - Thank you so! It was a beautiful blessing on my travels to have these falling that morning. Are you still in the land of snow and northernness yourself?

Cheray 2/23/2011 5:21 AM  

oh I wish! I've left the wonders of the snow for the good old Australian heat...I miss the cold already! ;)

Hermine - Journal de jours 2/23/2011 5:56 AM  

Beautiful ! Did you made your scarf by yourself, because it looks like it is handwoven.

Holly 2/24/2011 11:33 AM  

Cheray - Well, happy remnant of summer to you.

Hermine - Thank you! No, that would be cool of me, but alas, I don't know how to weave. I bought it from a street vendor, though, so it's quite possible that it is handwoven.

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