Snowflakes or snow crystals form when ice crystals freeze around tiny particles of dust that are in the air and join together as they fall. Ice crystals that melt as they fall become rain. Ice crystals that form near the ground are called frost.
Snowflakes are gorgeous. Only wish I could see them up close like this when they fall. "Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has created an ingenious and inexpensive DIY camera rig capable of capturing excellent close-up pictures of snowflakes.
"Cold and Alone" photo/Marc Adamus. The solitary unfrozen line of a burried stream disappears into a frozen lake and the sunset beyond, photographed from a very remote lake on the North face of Jasper's Mount Fryatt, in Alberta.