P.L.A.Y. Project: Snowflakes + Cool Crystals #2


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

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


First post in this series is <HERE>.


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

And I still find the up close photos to be a challenge. However, I am very much appreciating the shapes I am discovering even with the finer details missing.

I am also enjoying the unexpected benefit of getting some clearly defined silhouettes of the snowflakes once they melt into the black paper. Cool!

Still making my way towards “crystal clear” and wish this beauty below was a bit more focused!

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 while looking for more details and also looking for outdoor opportunities to test out new techniques.

This is how P.L.A.Y. looks for me and I look forward to sharing more with you!


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Join me by reading more enjoyable titles and then getting outdoors for P.L.A.Y. time!

Continue with these 3 great titles all from Kenneth Libbrecht who is a modern day snowflake and crystal expert!

Start here with this easy to read and great for the whole family introduction and up-close look at the art and science of snowflakes.

Then continue with this fun field guide that you can take outdoors or use when you come back in to identify types of snowflakes (while drinking your cup of cocoa!)

This volume goes into much greater depth and is a wonderful read with fabulous pictures IF you want to take it to the next level!

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!

Throw on your snow suit, kiddos and folks of all ages, 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 #1


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

Snowflakes & Cool Crystals


THANK YOU so much Snowflake Bentley!!!

My latest project was inspired by both the winter season and my favorite go to inspiration space aka the children’s section of the library filled with deliciously engaging picture, chapter, and resource books on every topic imaginable. Love it!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

I got started by reading a few of the titles mentioned in this post, gathering a few simple materials, and jumping in with both mittens!

A few fun tricky challenges so far have been to figure out which snow moments will produce the best crystal flakes. Typically it is the “fairy dust” moments that actually produce the most true to shape and spectacular flakes. The heavy snow storms tend to produce balls, slivers, or even slop all piled up.

Either way I am known to run out the door and onto the front porch at a moments notice to see if I can catch a few snapshots of the latest fluffy white fun falling from the sky.

It has also been an interesting challenge to photograph the snowflakes close-up with my simple phone camera. The photos in the books I mention below were taken with special lenses and microscopes.

I like seeing what I can come up with using what little equipment I have and seeing if over time things will become “crystal clear” with practice and fine tuning!


Join me in this seasonal fun by reading these enjoyable titles and getting outdoors for P.L.A.Y. time!

Begin with . . .

add in this geometric eye candy . . .

and continue engaging your curious mind with this!

Check back for more snowy book titles in my next post titled

Project: Snowflake + Cool Crystals #2 <HERE>!


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

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

Ready? Let’s go!

❤ ❤ ❤