Microscopics January Wallpaper

An appropriately snowy scene for this free to download January wallpaper, taken at Microscopics HQ during the recent absolute-zero freeze.

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Snow

Ice Skies

Earlier this week temperatures approached DX7 territory; so I took a few frostbite pics of the snow and ice outside of Microscopics HQ. Warning for those still living in 2001, some images may take a few seconds to load.

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Ice and snow on branches
Ice and snow on branches

Hoar frost on a grill
Radiation frost on a grill

 Apple in the snow
Apple in the snow

more pics after the break… Continue reading Ice Skies

Snow Skies

We’re a little snowed in at the moment so I’m afraid that all t-shirts will be delayed for a few days. So many apologies for the extra delay; we’ll get them shipped as soon as we are able.

Here are some photographs I took this morning at Microscopics HQ of the crystal invaders (actual size). Reminds me of our Electron Microscope Snow Zoom post.

Snow Flake

Snow flakes

Snow Crystals

Icicles

Icicles

Ice crystals and snow flakes

Microscopic Snow Zoom

snowflakes2A wintery post of ephemeral images.

To celebrate the new year we’re going to revisit a couple of our posts from the past year or so, and as it’s snowing today at Microscopics HQ, we’re going to post this one first.

Snowflakes are made from up to 200 snowcrystals, which form around nucleation points (specs of dirt or pollen). For crystals to form around this nucleus the temperature has to be -35°C or below. The shape a snowcrystal takes is dependant on the temperature at which it forms, and may be up to 4mm in diameter.

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Wilson A. Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake in 1885, using trial, error and an adapted microscope and mutated-bellows camera.

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Some of the first ever photographs of snowcrystals

Continue reading Microscopic Snow Zoom

Microscopic Snow Zoom

snowflakes2A wintery post of ephemeral images.

Snowflakes are made from up to 200 snowcrystals, which form around nucleation points (specs of dirt or pollen). For crystals to form around this nucleus the temperature has to be -35°C or below. The shape a snowcrystal takes is dependant on the temperature at which it forms, and may be up to 4mm in diameter.

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Wilson A. Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake in 1885, using trial, error and an adapted microscope and mutated bellows camera.

snowflakeswb3
Some of the first ever photographs of snowcrystals

Continue reading Microscopic Snow Zoom