JERICHO, Vt. (WCAX) An exhibit underway on the Previous Pink Mill in Jericho is devoted to Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, the Vermonter famend for perfecting the artwork of photographing snowflakes greater than a century in the past.
Now, there’s one other Jericho man gaining recognition for doing the identical pictures with a contemporary twist.
Each winter, Caleb Foster spends hundred hours standing on his porch, often when it is under freezing.
“I ponder what my neighbors suppose after they drive by and see me on the market. A pair years in the past they got here in the summertime and have been like, ‘Man, you like grilling out,” mentioned Foster.
However relatively than a grill and spatula, Foster’s outside interest requires a microscope and a paint brush.
“I like pictures. I am within the sciences, I’ve executed microscopy with my day job. And so I simply began gazing snowflakes on the again porch someday and grabbed my digital camera and tried to catch them on a black paper on the time,” mentioned Foster.
From there, Foster says the interest snowballed right into a full-blown fascination. “The curiosity is basically that all of them is totally distinctive and totally different,” he mentioned.
“The primary snowflake of the season simply will get me going. It is just like the fuel in my fuel tank for that entire season,” mentioned Foster.
Foster has been trying ahead to that second each winter for the final 10 years. He began microscopic pictures in Pittsburgh, then moved to Jericho in 2012. Little did he know, he’d arrange store in the identical Vermont city as “Snowflake” Bentley did 130 years in the past.
“It by no means has stopped being simply form of an unbelievable piece of irony to me that I’ve moved so near the place the pioneer of that,” mentioned Foster.
And Foster acknowledges he has just a few technological benefits. However they each confronted one impediment — the fleeting nature of snowflakes.
However Foster says he has developed a way to deal with the issue. He drew from his scientific background to cease a snowflake in time. He makes use of a chemical substance to petrify the crystals so that they by no means soften.
“That basically for me was an enormous turning level as a result of then I may go spend time in my basement and simply set issues up, purchase lighting, strive, all these various things and I had on a regular basis on this planet,” mentioned Foster.
Sadly, ‘Snowflake’ Bentley did not have the identical know-how, however he nonetheless photographed about 5,000 snowflakes in his lifetime. To date, Foster has three,000 footage to his identify.
Foster entered his microscopic photos of snowflakes into Nikon’s Small World Competitors, one profitable fifth place out of hundreds of submissions.
The competition is taken into account the main discussion board for showcasing the wonder and complexity of life as seen by a microscope.
Foster’s photos are being showcased internationally.