Close-ups of snowflakes are some of the most gorgeous photos in the world. But when winter is in full tilt and it's freezing outside, it can be hard to appreciate the true beauty of snowflakes. That's why we rounded up some of the best pictures of snowflakes close up — so you can enjoy them all from the comfort and warmth of your home.
As the old saying goes, "No two snowflakes are alike." Experts say the likelihood of two large snow crystals being identical is zero because of a variety of reasons. For starters, the molecular makeup of snow crystals varies greatly. Furthermore, each snow crystal has unique and complex features affected by different kinds of conditions in the atmosphere. On top of all that, some snowflakes actually change in shape and design as they make that journey from a cloud to the ground (or wherever they land).
Keeping that fascinating — and bizarre — science in mind, let's take a moment to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature outside while staying cozy and toasty inside.
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