The man to become known as “snowflake” was born on February 9, 1865, in a small town in Vermont called Jericho. At this time, the Union was making many changes, as the Civil War had ended the country was beginning to switch to a peaceful nation. Not only was the country beginning to expand west but enlarging the technology used in war for peacetime use. New fields of science were beginning to arise, of which this man became keenly interested. Meteorology and water crystals or snow which Vermont had plenty of was of great curiosity.
He started to sketch the many snowflakes however it was difficult as they were complex and their life span as short as they are fleeting and they either melted or sublimated into the air. At the age of ten (10) his mother gave him a microscope which helped but it was only after he adds a bellow camera that could he capture the beauty of snowflakes. He captured his first picture on a glass plate on January 15, 1885. As photography was a new field expanded by the Civil War, at this time pictures were taken on glass plates. His knowledge was with the leading edge to only Photography but Meteorology.
In his lifetime he photographed some 5,000 images as he produced several books his reputation became more known. He once said that no two snowflakes were alike. His collection of images is located is in the Historical Society in his hometown of Jericho Vermont. A portion of his glass plates is in the Buffalo Museum of science.
On December 23, 1931, he died of pneumonia after walking six miles home in the snow. In his life, he worked with both George Henry Perkins and William J. Humphreys of the Natural history and the Weather Bureau. They produced and published a book with about 2,000 of his pictures. This book today is the baseline for images of snowflakes.
Who was this man known as Mister Snowflake, he was Wilson A. Bentley, (1865 – 1931) a man known by his peers as a man ahead of his time.
© KEN WILSON
Spring is around the corner, if you do not consider it so then look at your maples either red’s or silvers the bids are ever so puffed up. A couple of warm days and the will be in bloom, which is enormous as the pollinators will have new source of food.
Just look at this picture and see the buds on this tree and the magnificent sunrise.
Hope all are having a nice spring!!!
Spring Is Coming 65 Days
Spring Is Coming 65 Days
On this cold January day we have only 65 days left until spring arrives, are you ready? No one knows what is store for the next 65 days and neither does the groundhog that may or not see his shadow. The trees and bulbs are getting their necessary cold so that they can bloom. Put out plenty of birdseed so they can make it through the cold winter
©Ken Wilson Gardening Whisperer 2016
This entry was posted in Weather on January 12, 2016, by Ken Wilson. Edit
END OF 2015 START OF 2016
To my many friends ;
This is an ending picture of the year; it is a tribute of lilacs of past spring and the consideration of next spring’s blossoms to come. I hope you’ll (southern term) have had a grand 2015 and will have an enormous 2016.
I hope 2016 will bring me time and energy to write more and take more incredible photos so I can share it with my friends.
Once again have Happy 2016.
This entry was posted in Horticulture Tips, Weather on December 31, 2015, by Ken Wilson. Edit
Full Cold Moon 2015
On the night of Christmas on a December that ends a very wet year, a Full Cold Moon will be shinning if the clouds will let it appear. This is a full moon that happens only on occasions, the last being in 1977. It will be at 99% both on the night of Dec 24th and on 26Th. The fullest being on 25th at 6:11 am EST. just as it sets; this rare occasion will again appear in the skies in 2034.
This has only appeared 9 times in American History the first was December 25th, 1776, when Washington and his troops crossed Delaware. Fortunately, it was cloudy and the moon was hidden as Washington was able to cross and surprises the Hessians then taking the town of Trent will little resistance. This changed history as if they had been seen there might not be the United States.
With any luck and if clouds will allow maybe I can get another great moon picture.
© www.gardenwhisperer.com 2015
This entry was posted in Weather on December 22, 2015, by Ken Wilson. Edit