Born in 1865, in Jericho, Vermont, Wilson Bentley grew up on a farm in a region where the annual snowfall is approximately 120 inches. Largely self-taught, he, at the age of seventeen, acquired a photomicroscope and began looking at everything natural. Gifted and imaginative, he devised a method of catching snow on a board, and when he felt he had isolated a fine crystal from the others, he would go to an unheated shed, transfer the crystal to a glass slide, then focus his camera, letting available light through a tiny aperture, leaving the shutter open for several seconds, sometimes up to a minute and a half. In his lifetime, Wilson A. Bentley photographed 5,381 crystals. No two are alike.