Wilson ‘Snowflake’ Bentley was a self taught meteorologist and the first person to ever take a photo of a snowflake, and although he died in 1931, his method is still used by scientists today. 


Wilson loved snowflakes ever since he was a teenager when his parents gave him an old microscope and he used to look at snowflakes during the very cold winters in Vermont. He took the first photo of a snowflake in 1885 and was also one of the first people to argue that no two snowflakes are the same.


During his life, Wilson took over 5000 photos of snowflakes and in 1931 his book ‘Snow Crystals’ was published with over 2500 of his photos included. Unfortunately, Wilson died later that year when he got very sick after walking through a blizzard. 


In memory of Wilson’s technique, we’ve taken photos of some of the snowflakes that we’ve received in a traditional Bentley fashion and when they’re ready we’ll put them here for you to see. 


Stirchley Snowflake Festival is supported by Arts Council England. 

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