The latest science
rejects the old belief, buried in elementary school lore, that no two
snowflakes can be identical. Still, any
two snowflakes picked at random turn out to be astonishingly different, as
shown in the early microphotographs of them circa 1900 by Wilson Bentley, recently exhibited at the
Outsider Art Fair in New York by the Carl Hammer Gallery of Chicago.
Bentley was a self reliant and self taught Vermonter who as a teenager
invented his own system of photographing snow flakes. He became famous as