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 #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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Surprise! First Snow of the FALL Season!


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SURPRISE!

The first snow of the FALL season arrived today here in the hilltowns in the form of on + off snow squalls and snow showers.

Fabulous Flakes were Found everywhere!

Living at nearly 1,000 ft here in New England means we may see snow showers at this time of year while the valley to our southeast sees mostly rain showers.

I love the gentle and magical snow globe effect and consider it our late FALL season bonus.

Visit P.L.A.Y. on PINTEREST(here) to see a video of this first snow.

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~Seasonal Reminder~

Time to get your copy of  Nature Alliteration Adventures: The Winter Guide (here) as the fun begins in December and lasts through January and February with plenty of opportunities for you and your family to get outdoors and explore the beauty of the snow and ice.

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