Incredible snowflake close-ups

Yahoo News Photo Staff

These incredible images capture the intricate details of minuscule snowflakes, moments before they melt. The brilliant shots were taken by Don Komarechka, 31, who has had a lifelong fascination with all things macro — especially snowflakes.

The professional photographer says people often don’t believe that his pictures are real because they’re so perfect. The Canadian said, “These photos were all taken 2 feet from my back door over the past two winters.”

We’re looking at the intricate details of ice crystals that form in the atmosphere and fall to earth. Snowflakes can possess unending beauty and detail even in a single crystal measuring only a few millimeters in diameter. (Caters News)

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<p>These incredible images capture the intricate details of minuscule snowflakes, moments before they melt. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

These incredible images capture the intricate details of minuscule snowflakes, moments before they melt. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>Snowflakes can possess unending beauty and detail, even in a single crystal measuring only a few millimeters in diameter. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

Snowflakes can possess unending beauty and detail, even in a single crystal measuring only a few millimeters in diameter. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>Photographer Don Komarechka says, “But I lost my childhood curiosity for snowflakes when I had to clear them by the trillions off my driveway.” (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

Photographer Don Komarechka says, “But I lost my childhood curiosity for snowflakes when I had to clear them by the trillions off my driveway.” (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

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<p>All these snowflakes are photographed on the same homemade black mitten as a background. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

All these snowflakes are photographed on the same homemade black mitten as a background. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>“I’ve always had an interest in macro photography and seeing these hidden details,” Komarechka says. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

“I’ve always had an interest in macro photography and seeing these hidden details,” Komarechka says. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>Each snowflake photo takes roughly four hours to edit to ensure perfect details. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

Each snowflake photo takes roughly four hours to edit to ensure perfect details. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>Komarechka photographs the intricate details of ice crystals that form in the atmosphere and fall to earth. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

Komarechka photographs the intricate details of ice crystals that form in the atmosphere and fall to earth. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>Komarechka has had a lifelong fascination with all things macro — and especially snowflakes. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

Komarechka has had a lifelong fascination with all things macro — and especially snowflakes. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>Komarechka says people often don’t believe that his pictures are real because they’re so perfect. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

Komarechka says people often don’t believe that his pictures are real because they’re so perfect. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>The brilliant macro shots were all taken by Komarechka, 31. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

The brilliant macro shots were all taken by Komarechka, 31. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>The Canadian said, “These photos were all taken 2 feet from my back door over the past two winters. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

The Canadian said, “These photos were all taken 2 feet from my back door over the past two winters. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

<p>A photo showing how the images were created. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News) </p>
Incredible snowflake close-ups

A photo showing how the images were created. (Photo: Don Komarechka/Caters News)

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