This snowflake has some unique features in the center, definitely worth taking a closer look! It's a split crystal design, but the inner smaller crystal also has branches! In fact, they have grown to almost the exact same size as the inner hexagonal shape on the lower level. How cool!

Snowflake physics aside, I think it's a beautiful crystal - concrete symmetry in the center that gives way to more erratic and organic patterns the further out you look. Some unusual side-branches are also perfectly straight with no features or additional branching. It's not often you see that, but it reinforces the idea that no two snowflakes are alike. :)

This image consists of 34 separate frames required for focus-stacking. Only a small slice of the crystal is in focus in any one frame, so a combination of multiple images are required to bring the entire snowflake in focus. Because all of my snowflake images are shot entirely handheld, I drastically overshoot the subject to be 100% sure I've gotten every piece I need. 240 images of this snowflake were taken in total, with roughly the first 10 spent on achieving the proper reflective angle to make it shine.

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