Macro photography excels at bringing out amazing details in things too otherwise tiny to appreciate. 'Tis the season, so what better time to see what snowflakes
look like? PhotographerAlexey Kljatov
captures them on a glass surface back-lit by LED light, or in natural light using dark, woolen fabrics for backgrounds. In this first Kljatov photo, "Almost Triangle," a slightly melted snowflake rests ahead of a woolen fabric background, in the natural light of a cloudy day. Let's check out some more great shots from the short, happy life of the snowflake.VIDEO: How Snowflakes Form
Snow still blankets much of the United States. National Weather Service data records that snow currently covers approximately 50.9 percent of the United States, down from 63.6 percent in February.
With a few more weeks to go, the heavy snows of winter 2013-14 already have earned a place in the top five snowiest winters ever for numerous U.S. cities, reported the Weather Channel.
For example, Peoria, Ill. was blanketed by 53.4 inches of snow so far this year, making this the snowiest winter on record. Winter Storm Ion hit the city harder than other storms when it dropped 7.9 inches of white on Jan. 4 and 5.
Winter Storm Ion also contributed to breaking Toledo, Ohio’s snowfall record set in 1977-1978. The storm added 13 inches to the total of 76.5 inches so far in 2013-2014.
Detroit, Mich. froze under 83.8 inches of snow so far this year. 2013-14′s winter came in second only to the 93.6 inches recorded in 1880-1881.
The onslaught of Winter Storms Janus and Pax helped make 2014 the second snowiest on record for Wilmington, Del. So far, 52.9 inches of snow have fallen on Wilmington this year. The 2009-2010 winter still holds the top spot with 72.8 inches.
Photo: Commuters walk across train tracks at the Harvard Avenue station on the B Line in Allston, Mass., during the first few hours of Winter Storm Janus. (BU Interactive News, Wikimedia Commons)