Image Gallery: Snowflakes

Explore this gallery of Wilson Bentley Snowflake images to see the amazing range of shapes found in these tiny crystals. There are seven basic snowflake shapes. Learn more about them!

Dendrite Star Snowflake Dendrite Star Snowflake
A Dendrite Star, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 17, Negative no. 591 
Star Crystal Snowflake Star Crystal Snowflake
A Star Crystal Snowflake, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 17, Negative no. 976 
Plate Snowflake Plate Snowflake
A Plate Snowflake, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 17, Negative no. 801 
Dendrite Star Snowflake Dendrite Star Snowflake
A Dendrite Star Snowflake, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 17, Negative no. 332 
Plates (bottom and right) and Columns (left and middle) Snowflakes Plates (bottom and right) and Columns (left and middle) Snowflakes
Plates and Columns Snowflakes, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 17, Negative no. 777 
Capped Columns Snowflakes Capped Columns Snowflakes
Capped Columns Snowflakes, Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 31, Box 12, Folder 17, Negative no. 580 
Needles Snowflakes Needles Snowflakes
Needles Snowflakes, from Wilson A. Bentley's Studies among the snow crystals during the winter of 1901-2 with additional data collected during previous winters and twenty-two half-tone plates. Reprinted from the Annual Summary of the Monthly Weather Review for 1902. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1903. 
Irregular Forms Snowflakes Irregular Forms Snowflakes
Irregular Forms Snowflakes, from Wilson A. Bentley's Studies among the snow crystals during the winter of 1901-2 with additional data collected during previous winters and twenty-two half-tone plates. Reprinted from the Annual Summary of the Monthly Weather Review for 1902. Washington, D. C.: Government Printing Office, 1903.