Winter is truly here - at last! It was -8F (-22C) this morning with a howling wind. By mid afternoon snow was falling and for brief intervals some nicely formed snowflakes fell. I spent several hours outside, partially shooting and partially shoveling, and managed to eek out a few good photographs.
This is probably the best of the day (click on the image for a larger view):
The high winds and at times total white out conditions actually were not the best for snow crystal photos. The glass plates that I use to collect the crystals would fill up with dusty snow - the bits and pieces of snowflakes ground up by the raging winds, or fallen snow blown up from the ground. Here is an uncropped shot of a good sized crystal surrounded by the detritus that made up most of what was falling from the sky today:
Lastly - a wee small crystal, one of the last shots for the day:
All images made with a Pentax K-3, DFA 50mm f2.8 macro (reverse mounted on bellows and tubes) and AF360FGZ flash.