P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #12

Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. Project:

SNOWFLAKES + COOL CRYSTALS

Geometric lines forming down at the river’s edge in January
Cool crystals creating “lanes” of different ice types along the river’s edge.

January and February have provided some interesting opportunities to continue my crystal and snowflake observations this year. You just never know what you’ll find on your daily walk!

I am fascinated with how Mother Nature magically “overnight” creates new artwork in the ice both down at the brook, the river, and in random locations found on my walks through the fields and forest here at our hilltown home in New England.

Geometric angles and curves formed in cool crystal fashion!

I’ve also found it takes great patience to capture photos of snowflakes and wait for just the right storms to arrive so being able to go out any day of the week in the winter and visit the ice is a bonus treat to see me through.


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all kinds of weather!
So step into the sunshine, snow shower, wind or rain and enjoy the adventure.

You and your kiddos will be so very glad you did!


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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #11

Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:
Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


Six-sided snowflake softly landing on ice – cool

More of this snowflake/ice on video HERE


Broken icicle becomes a cool up close snapshot (below)
Icicle with Break in the Bubbles

Mother Nature’s Icicle Edging Completes this Whimsical Goat Barn – So Sweet!

More cool crystal winter snow scenes HERE!


Note: I purchased a new inexpensive macro lens that simply clips onto my inexpensive generic android phone per the recommendation in Kenneth Libbrecht’s book (below) for getting shots of snowflakes and other close-up wonders. Yay – it works!

Expensive equipment really isn’t required to P.L.A.Y. outdoors and collect cool photos to then share your adventures and nature’s wonders with the world!

Just pack a little patience, a ton of curiosity, and oodles of P.L.A.Y.-fulness and off you go!


First post in this cool series found HERE.

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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #10

Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in series found HERE.


Cool Crystals are back for 2021!
Hurray for Sweet Snowflake Season!
Love the 6-sided shape structure and sparkle!


Have you heard of Snowflake Bentley?



Have you seen Kenneth Libbrecht’s current day work The Secret Life of a Snowflake?



Time to make tracks to your local library or purchase your own copies online as these books are not to be missed snow season treasures for the whole family and great ways to kick-off new outdoor P.L.A.Y. Project Adventures!


And while you’re out there you might want to take a moment for some extra P.L.A.Y. by making a few seasonal snow angels too!

This Snow Angel was made in 16 inches of Puffy Powdery Winter White Wonder by a fellow P.L.A.Y. er! (Thanks for the fun walk R + E+ W!)


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all kinds of weather!
So step into the sunshine, snow shower, wind or rain and enjoy the adventure.

You and your kiddos will be so very glad you did!


Tips on how to make your own set of curious Capkins found HERE.


P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #9


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


Here are two fabulous crystal close-ups from down at the river.

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Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Bundle up, step into the sunshine, and enjoy the adventure – you and your kiddos will be so glad you did!

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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #7


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Known: These crystals formed just outside a crevice in a tree.

Unknown: I’m guessing the breath and body heat of a critter that lives inside the tree helped generate the right conditions for these cool crystals to form.


Below are multiple views of this P.L.A.Y. discovery.



Thank YOU for supporting P.L.A.Y. projects <HERE>


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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #6


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Visit Pinterest <here> to see the video of this frosty morning find!



A Spectacular Collection of Cool Crystals in this Winter Wonderland Scene!

Fabulous Frost Finds look great close-up and Faraway!


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Thank YOU for supporting P.L.A.Y. <HERE>


P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #5


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. in nature whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

Here are more observations and snapshots from my front steps:

Sometimes there is such diversity all within the same storm in terms of shape, size, and design. I love looking these up in my snowflake field guide (below).

Surprise! Look how itty-bitty they can be!

I’ve also enjoyed expanding my search and exploration from snowflakes to also revisiting my favorite cool crystal locations down at the brook and river.

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I continue to use Ken Libbrecht’s snowflakes field guide to have fun going deeper into this P.L.A.Y. project by looking up specific shapes and terms for different snowflakes and crystals.

It is all still too new for me to retain much of this language yet so for now it is just enjoyable to keep looking up new flakes as they fall!


Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Kiddos and folks of all ages, throw on your snow suit and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #4


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. in nature whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

More observations and snapshots from my front steps as I continue to work on getting “clearer close-ups”:

Quite often the snowflakes do not have their 6 sides intact by the time they reach the ground and yet they are still simply beautiful!

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Join me in this P.L.A.Y. project by diving deeper into the snowdrifts of snowflake books including this biography designed to hold the attention of a mature reader and yet some of the fun facts can be pulled out to share around the dinner table and engage all with a lead in of “Did you know?”.

The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley

by Duncan C. Blanchard

Duncan Blanchard spent decades of his time chasing down the ghost of Wilson Bentley as he was fascinated by his work in water wonders of the atmosphere – both raindrops, dew, clouds and frost, and of course snowflakes. Duncan himself was an atmospheric scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, MA in the 1960’s  and had an appreciation for the work Bentley had done in the late 1800’s. After countless hours interviewing folks, researching in libraries, and putting together the pieces of this interesting biographical account Duncan finely published his book in 1998. *Over 200 pages of text, sources, and photos are included.


Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Kiddos and folks of all ages, throw on your snow suit and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #3


Welcome to my P.L.A.Y. project:

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


I continue to P.L.A.Y. in nature whenever the “white stuff” appears out my window.

Visit  PINTEREST <here> to watch a magical moment as two snowflakes melt into one natural art piece as a beautiful black silhouette.

The snow “storms” that are sporadic and not too heavy seem to produce the best close-up snowflake snapshots. This is a wide view of how the meadow looks after this type of storm, covered in snowflakes, as the blue sky reappears.

Visit PINTEREST <here> to watch nature’s full effect including a little “snow spinner” with the wind whipping up in the meadow.

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Engaging with this project continues to feel P.L.A.Y.-filled , both a positive challenge and like a work in progress, so I will forge ahead with rereading the books below while looking for more details and also looking for outdoor opportunities to test out new techniques.

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Join me in this P.L.A.Y. project by reading Ken Libbrecht’s snowflake books:


Stay tuned for more Project Snowflake + Cool Crystal updates!


Curious Capkins love getting outdoors to P.L.A.Y. with you in all seasons and all weather!

Folks of all ages, throw on your snow gear and make tracks to your favorite nature spot and check out those snowflakes!

Ready? Let’s go!

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