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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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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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!

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