Not in the holiday spirit yet? Check out these amazing macro photos of snowflakes.


posted Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 1:13 PM EDT


With forecasters already predicting another down year for snowfall in the U.S. (global warming, anyone?), these stunning macro images of snowflakes by Russian photographer Andrew Osokin should help remind you that winter is coming (as the Starks often say on HBO's "Game of Thrones").

Osokin, who lives and works in Moscow, showcases hundreds of other macro shots over at his LensArt page, but it's these close-ups of snowflakes that really stand out. Check out the incredible, complex and intricate geometry that seems to prove that old adage that no two snowflakes are exactly alike.

So, while ski resort operators here in the U.S. continue to fret about losing business from another warm and dry winter, know that somewhere in Russia, there's still plenty of beautiful snow to go around.

And speaking of amazing macro photography, check out these gorgeous and grotesque extreme close-ups of food by photographer Caren Alpert, whose work we featured a few weeks ago.

(Via LensArt via Gizmodo)