Ice : H2O

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Ice : H2O

Field of View: 10 cm

These were shot 1/2015 as temperature dropped fast and air was very still. Little streams and ponds froze and gave birth to crystals of many forms. Next morning they were all gone as wind rose and swept them away.

This Photo was Mindat.org Photo of the Day - 5th Jan 2019

This photo has been shown 517 times
Photo added:6th Mar 2015
Dimensions:5276x2524px (13.32 megapixels)
Date/Time of Photo:6th Jan 2015 19:35:13
Camera:CANON EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure time:1/160s
Focal Length:100mm
ISO speed:1000
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PhotosIce - Laajasalo, Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland

5th Jan 2019 16:39 UTCDonald B Peck Expert


Absolutely beautiful . . . Thanks for sharing your photos!


5th Jan 2019 18:53 UTCReiner Mielke Expert

It is inspiring me to take photos of ice. It is amazing how beautiful ice crystals are and how many different forms they take. I guess for the mineral collector it is the one redeeming aspect of winter. Now to figure out how to preserve ice crystals. Even with refrigeration they rapidly deteriorate without an icy blob due to sublimation. Has anyone ever tried coating them so that when they melt they leave behind a mold in the shape of the crystals?

5th Jan 2019 19:03 UTCEd Clopton Expert

The original source for making replicas of snow crystals is:

Schaefer, V. J., 1941: A method for making snow flake replicas. Science, 93, 239-240

A summary of more up-to-date methods can be found here (as well as various other places):


I have used Schaefer's original method with reasonable success, but the formvar resin he used is an obsolete material and is not easy to find.

5th Jan 2019 19:31 UTCReiner Mielke Expert

Thanks Ed I'll give it a try.
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