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|| I’ve lived on three different streets in five years. Utah’s grid system lends itself to an interesting mix of residential and commercial buildings. This walk took me from Highland to Elgin, Elgin to 13th, and 13th to the grocery store. Salt Lake City needs more walking space and less smog. ||

Cold Diamond

A macro photograph of snow on a snow card.

|| Snow is always changing. Snowflakes fall from the sky pointy and perfect, and once on Earth they take on a more practical shape. Temperature, wind, and weight all work to melt, move, form and deform the snowpack. Individual flakes turn into multi-faceted grains; a little round over here and a little square over there. Over time, these grains lock together to form the surface that bears our weight when we take a walk or ski down the mountain. Here’s a small piece of the larger puzzle, an individual grain from the Utah snowpack.

This grain was photographed against a 3mm snow classification grid on a BCA snow card. I used a 100mm 2.8 macro lens, a Canon 580ex in slave mode, and a Canon 7D. ||