Wait, snowflakes really are that shape?

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

Chicago doesn’t get nearly as much snow as Boston does, but I’ve found that makes the Seven-Year-Old and I appreciate every flake that does fall that much more.

These showed up on our car in the early hours of the Wow-I’m-Glad-I’m-Not-In-Boston-Right-Now-Dueling-Blizzard-Event of February 2015. (Boston got 40 inches of snow in the week leading up to Groundhog’s Day. That same week, Chicago got 16-20.)

It was wild to see the individual shapes. They looked like something out of an old-timey animated Christmas special.

Too bad the little camera in my phone couldn’t handle the details. If this keeps up, I’m going to have to start carrying a real camera.

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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