I went with a more molecular snowflake mandala design for this week’s MotW.
A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals which falls through the Earth’s atmosphere as snow. Each flake nucleates around a dust particle in supersaturated air masses by attracting supercooled cloud water droplets, which freeze and accrete in crystal form. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperature and humidity zones in the atmosphere, such that individual snowflakes differ in detail from one another, but may be categorized in eight broad classifications and at least 80 individual variants. The main constituent shapes for ice crystals, from which combinations may occur, are needle, column, plate and rime. Snowflakes appear white in color despite being made of clear ice. This is due to diffuse reflection of the whole spectrum of light by the small crystal facets.
We rarely see a snowflake up-close-and-personal. We see many of them at a time mostly as a blur while they fall. Collectively they come together as snow to the blanket all upon which they fall.
For most of us they radiate a mystical, magical aura about them. Individually we are the snowflakes of humanity. Individually we can decide to come together collectively to the detriment of the planet or we can come together to elevate the planet to a place of magic and wonder.
Which one do we want?
The Mandala Lady