Have you ever taken a moment to really look carefully at a single snowflake? The wonder of each tiny creation is like looking at a fine piece of art.

I’ll have to admit, I’ve looked, but I’m not sure I’ve “seen” what was really going on there. Did you know every snowflake will have 6 “legs,” and there’s a reason for that? Did you know that the way the legs grow varies wildly depending on the conditions the flake is falling through from the highest parts of the atmosphere? There is so much more I didn’t appreciate about a single snowflake!

Kind of like…us? Each is an individual depending upon the conditions we pass through while we’re on our journey.

Here’s an amazing short video that really helped us appreciate the process one snowflake’s journey: Chemistry of Snowflakes via Bytesize Science on YouTube:

Here’s an even closer look at the formation of a single, beautiful snowflake, brought to you by video producer Vyacheslav Ivanov on Vimeo:

Remember this sentiment next time you want to curse the two-feet of snow you’re shoveling. Billions, trillions of infinitely unique, beautiful snowflakes each have taken a little unique journey to get to the end of your mitten!

But isn’t that the way it is for all of us?

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda Ulrich

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Notes:

  1. “The Chemistry of Snowflakes – Bytesize Science.” YouTube. BytesizeScience, 17 Dec. 2012. Web. 3 Feb. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYrF3sFBY20>.
  2. “Snowtime.” Vimeo. Slava Ivanov, 22 Feb. 2012. Web. 3 Feb. 2015. <https://vimeo.com/87342468>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.