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Banish Winter Storm Blues With These Photos of Magnified, Ethereally Delicate Snowflakes

[node:summary]Photos by Moscow-based photographer Andrew Osokin, a master of macro.
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It is drummed into us as children that no two snowflakes are alike, and here to prove it is Russian master macro photographer Andrew Osokin, who has immortalized on film a number of these most delicate creations of Mother Earth that adorn our surroundings oh so fleetingly.

As winter bears down on us in yet another storm that is heading east after slamming Chicago and the Midwest, it’s easy to forget the ethereal beauty that lies behind the white stuff. They are gem-like symmetrical perfection, little baubles that personify the transient nature of everything on our precious planet. 

The Moscow-based Osokin posts his photos on the Russian photo website LensArt.ru, homing in not just on snowflakes and ice crystals as shown below but also getting up close and personal with insects, plants and a myriad of other creatures. All photographs by Andrew Osokin. 

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.

NTC archer, Collins Woody, shoots during the finals of the mixed team competition as Darriyan Shepard of Dine’ College looks on. Woody was paired with Shepard and Malcolm Keetso of Northern Arizona University and fell four points short of winning first place.