A farmer, who became fascinated with ice crystals at a young age, Snowflake (as he came to be called) Bentley developed early microphotography equipment and techniques that allowed him to photograph snowflakes. Bentley devoted his life to studying and capturing snowflakes on glass plates. He discovered trends in the shape and design of snowflakes based on temperature. He made 5000 prints of flakes, rain, dew, frost and crystals. . . and no two were alike.
The exhibit features original plates, prints, and equipment of Bentley’s. In addition, there are framed limited edition prints, cards, posters, and decorative gifts featuring and inspired by his study of snowflakes. There are also many books about and by Bentley.
The exhibit encompasses one room and part of another room at The Old Red Mill in Jericho. The mill contains a craft store, the Bentley Exhibit, and the Jericho Historical Society. Also on exhibit are historic photographs, post cards, and documents from the area. There’s a limited selection of handmade crafts from accomplished local artisans including photography and art prints of Vermont scenes, plus needle, wood, glass, and metal crafts.
Wear your ski pants or pack a picnic lunch and sneakers because the setting is quite impressive with a waterfall, tables, and nature trails. The Old Mill Park, abutting the parking lot, is a 12-acre complex of hiking trails, cross country skiing and show shoeing trails, and a children's sledding hill to allow visitors to enjoy the beauty of snow and snowflakes in winter.
Keene, New Hampshire
April 25, 2004
From journal Springtime in Smuggler's Notch