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January 2nd, 2010
05:41 pm


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Sense memory snowflakes
It's weird how sometimes you (I?) can forget something so fundamental and iconic that it's built into every part of our media.

I saw snowflakes today for the first time since I was about 4, maybe 6 years old. I'm sure I had the opportunity between then and now, but the event never occurred.

Somehow, I had convinced myself that they were microscopic, or at least, that to be able to see the structure you'd need a microscope. I guess I thought they must be, to make the powdery snow you see on the ground, *even though I'd seen them before*. Having seen them again, I have a strong memory of catching one on a glove, and then trying to get more; I only managed to catch one or two more without them breaking, as they had a habit of splitting on impact (or maybe even in the air.)

Today, each flake is ~1-6mm in diameter, and many of them are strong enough that I can just hold out my mitten and see them cluster on it. If not unique, each is beautiful in a way that snowflake christmas decorations and cut-up pieces of paper have never, ever managed to replicate.

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Date:January 3rd, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
They are absolutely, infinitely, fascinatingly beautiful. Every time i see snow i have that same moment of incredulity that i, a normal human being, am able and allowed to witness such magnificence. I love it!
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Date:January 3rd, 2010 02:57 pm (UTC)
I never thought snowflakes were real when I was younger - I thought they were just a creative device. I was shocked when I first saw snowflakes - I can't remember how old I was, but I remember being really amazed to find they were real. Like you, I have a vague memory of catching one on my glove. I was fascinated when I first saw those ice patterns that are always attributed to jack frost in books, because I had, again, assumed they were just a creative device.

John and I went out to the lake by Rheidol power station, by the butterfly farm, yesterday, and it was frozen over all around the edge and we found a bit of cracked ice that had some beautiful ice patterns in it - I'll upload the photos later.
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Date:January 4th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
~It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...~ ^_^
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