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❄ ❅ ❆ Snowflakes, Tell Me Why You Are…


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Tell me why you are so white
Made of clear ice yet fairer than
Pearl . . . . . .

Tell me why you are all unique
Such that no two are the same
Crystal . . . . . .

Tell me why you are so delightful
As to be courted in Julie Andrews’ favourite things
Convivial . . . . . .

Tell me why you are six-sided
Rivaling the radial symmetry of radiant stars
Hexagonal . . . . . .

Tell me why you are so beautiful
Blazing with the sparkling perfection of gemstones
Inspirational . . . . . .

Tell me why you are modelled
By the self-similitude of recursive patterns
Infinitely fractal . . . . . .

Tell me why you are so frosty
Like an antidote to global warming
Nature’s supercool marvel . . . . . .

Tell me why you are windswept
Snow deposited on Earth’s summits to melt
As spring waterfall spectacle . . . . . .

Tell me why you are so intent on
Turning the ground into a snowy canvas
Where crocus tints the night sky purple . . . . . .

Tell me why you are often encapsulated
As the shiny glitter falling gently
Through water in the snow globe of some girl . . . . . .

Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.

Tell me why you are so white
Made of clear ice yet fairer than
Pearl . . . . . .
Reign not SoundEagle's Flight, For I seek thy Crested Might.
Tell me why you are all unique
Such that no two are the same
Crystal . . . . . .
❄ ❅ ❆ Snowflakes, Tell Me Why You Are…

Tell me why you are so delightful
As to be courted in Julie Andrews’ favourite things
Convivial . . . . . .

Tell me why you are six-sided
Rivaling the radial symmetry of radiant stars
Hexagonal . . . . . .

Reign not SoundEagle's Flight, For I seek thy Crested Might.
Tell me why you are so beautiful
Blazing with the sparkling perfection of gemstones
Inspirational . . . . . .
Reign not SoundEagle's Flight, For I seek thy Crested Might.
Tell me why you are modelled
By the self-similitude of recursive patterns
Infinitely fractal . . . . . .
Tell me why you are so frosty
Like an antidote to global warming
Nature’s supercool marvel . . . . . .
Tell me why you are windswept
Snow deposited on Earth’s summits to melt
As spring waterfall spectacle . . . . . .

❄ ❅ ❆ Snowflakes, Tell Me Why You Are…

Tell me why you are so intent on
Turning the ground into a snowy canvas
Where crocus tints the night sky purple . . . . . .

❄ ❅ ❆ Snowflakes, Tell Me Why You Are…

Tell me why you are often encapsulated
As the shiny glitter falling gently
Through water in the snow globe of some girl . . . . . .

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The Science of Snowflakes

“Snowflakes are symmetrical but they are not perfect. They are ordered but they are created in disorder. Every random branch retells their history, that singular journey that they took to get here. And most of all, they are fleeting and temporary. Even if sometimes they don’t look so unique on the outside, if we look within, we can see that they are truly unique after all.”

— Joe Hanson, science writer, biologist, YouTube educator, and the creator, writer and host of “PBS Digital Studios’ “It’s Okay to Be Smart”

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The shapes of snowflakes are highly dependent on temperature and humidity. Simpler shapes are more common at low humidities whereas more complex varieties of crystal are formed at high humidities.

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The Shapes of Snowflakes

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The Video Parlour of Snowflakes

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SoundEagle in Art, Poem, Tree and Snowflakes

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44 comments on “❄ ❅ ❆ Snowflakes, Tell Me Why You Are…

  1. […] ❄ ❅ ❆ Snowflakes, Tell Me Why You Are… (soundeagle.wordpress.com) […]

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  2. Oh gosh, so many snowflakes to catch before reaching the comment section.

    In my humble opinion the snowflake illustrates something of each one of us in the way you so beautifully described.

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  3. Hi there! I have to say that I find your blog so frustrating! I’m sorry but it takes so long for things to download that I give up in the end! It’s a real shame as the content is great!

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    • Dear Ashley,

      Depending on your Internet connection speed or bandwidth, it can take between 2 to 20 seconds (or longer) to load the rich multimedia contents of this post. Regardless of how long the loading time will be, you should be able to start reading the poem since it is located right below the large banner at the beginning of the post, which can be scrolled vertically even before all of the contents of the post are loaded.

      Yours sincerely,Rose Greeting
      ჱܓSoundEagle🦅

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  4. Beautiful ❤️

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  5. So inspiring poem 👌🌷beautifully written 👍🏻🌹

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  6. Wonderful! Another journey of a post I look forward to coming back to explore many times!

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  7. This is another multidisciplinary production from SoundEagle, combining
    original poetry and animations with slide shows and Youtube videos covering the photography of snowflakes and accounts of the physical and chemical processes underlying their formation. The illustrations of several stanzas of the poem with animations showing a high level of virtuosity is a particularly impressive feature of this post.

    My personal favourite among these is the one illustrating the lines

    Tell me why you are so beautiful
    Blazing with the sparkling perfection of gemstones
    Inspirational……

    The large, highly detailed snowflake that is depicted in the centre of this animation does indeed seem to sparkle like a setting of gems as it tumbles. Several other animated illustrations were almost as impressive for me.

    Congratulations, SoundEagle, on your peak achievement (so far) in blending poetry, visual art and science!

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  8. Your creativity and technical competence amaze me, but I am puzzled: where in Queensland did you find snowflakes?
    🙂
    Bob

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  9. Beautifully written and present a feast for the mind and eyes .

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  10. Beautiful work, Sound Eagle! Such pretty animations to lay my eyes upon.

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  11. Falling snowflakes, whether clumped and awkward or fine and sparkling-dancing, are among my favorite sights, together with falling cherry blossom petals. Thank you very much for the lovely treat, SoundEagle.
    -ML-

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  12. Sound Eagle, you’re an amazing mind. I had wondered where you were and now i know you have been lost in a world of beauty and contemplation. Lovely piece here. I too am in awe of snowflakes. Is there anything more magical than a window view of a landscape adorned in a soft marshmallow blanket which can project our spirit into an ethereal wonder of serenity.

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  13. Very (n)ice. I’d say more, but I’m snowed under with too much to do and not enough time to do it.

    Take care.

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  14. Craig, As I was viewing and reading this enchanting post, several things that resemble snowflakes came to mind. Of course, there is the classic, diamond jewelry. Another creation is lace. Using a paper doily, you can sprinkle a powdered sugar pattern on a cake. A kaleidoscope has lovely patterns that somewhat resemble snowflakes. As lovely as all of these may be, they appear quite crude when compared with natural snowflakes. I live in Florida, and though I enjoyed snow when I was young, I now prefer seeing snow on this post. Thanks for sharing the beauty and the wonder! ❤

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  15. Love snowflakes. Fractals in nature adored.

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  16. What a beautiful poem on snowflakes SoundEagle and there perfection is truly a gift of nature. I loved your pictures and one video and sharing. It was a great length as well!
    Blessings for a wonderful weekend. 💖💖💖

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  17. Beautiful lines and so nice animation ☺️😊❣️👍

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  18. This is fascinating and beautiful a wonderful post Thank you for breaking up me hot day with the science and beauty of snow.
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    Laugh often!

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  19. Some of those snowflakes (magnified) look like jewellery!

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  20. Great piece. I like this concept

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  21. Thanks for this, I needed it this morning~!

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  22. Beautifully-penned; lovely! Gorgeous image, too. ❄️

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  23. Sweet subject, nicely done!

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  24. What an amazing set of animation articles! I’ve loved looking through them!

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  25. awesome collection of snowflake images and factoids

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  26. 🙂thank you for bringing up the snowflake story again

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  27. Snowflakes provide a Rorschach test look at our inner minds. Isn’t it exciting then to know that each snowflake design represents a particular look at what each person might be thinking at the time.

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  28. I’m not a Winter person ☺️. Yet, if I squint throughout that season I suppose beauty can be seen. You created wonderful illustrations of a awesome symbol of Winter…the Snowflake. ❄️💕

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  29. Tell me why you made this post so beautiful..so attractive! Tell me why you made this post so expressive and cool. Tell me why…! This post is as chilling as snow. Well done. Keep with this flow. 🤩❤️

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  30. Thanks 4 like on my comment (post link) ….. It would be good if u like my posts instead of their links in comments 😊

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