I remember making paper snowflakes when I was a kid. You know, the ones where you fold the paper into quarters, cut out a bunch of shapes and then open the paper to reveal a beautiful pattern. I always enjoyed making paper snowflakes, but I never thought real snowflakes actually looked like that. When snow falls, it just looks like a big clump of white, not a beautiful mosaic that only mother nature could dream up.
Well, thanks to modern technology and the invention of the macro lens, the paper snowflakes of our childhood have come to life. Take a look at these super close-up shots of real snowflakes taken by Moscow photographer, Andrew Osokin. Who knew snowflakes were actually this beautiful!?