Caillou and the Rain by Roger Harvey, Eric Sévigny

By Roger Harvey, Eric Sévigny

Caillou and Mommy are going purchasing. considering the fact that it is raining, they need to wear their raincoats and boots. as soon as Caillou sees all that water from the rain, he recollects anything else he has to do ahead of they depart, he has to move pee.

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Handling snowflakes like this causes surprisingly little damage, although it does not yield perfect results every time. Fortunately, if a specimen breaks, there are plenty more to choose from. Once a crystal is under the microscope, I have anywhere from a few minutes (on colder days) to a few seconds (on warmer days) to adjust the lighting, focus, and take the shot. Taking good pictures means taking a lot of pictures, and a good snowfall might yield a hundred or more in an afternoon. Everything must be done outside in the cold, and only my camera has the luxury of a heated enclosure to keep warm.

ISBN-13: 978-0-7603-2997-9 (hardbound w/ jacket) ISBN-10: 0-7603-2997-4 (hardbound w/ jacket) 1. Nature photography. 2. Snowflakes--Pictorial works. I. Title. 3--dc22 2007020331 On the front cover: The four cover snowflakes were all photographed one cold January day in northern Ontario, when the clouds delivered a multitude of large, well-formed stellar crystals.

Faceting tends to dominate the growth dynamics when crystals are small, so the tiniest snowflakes are likely to have a simple hexagonal shape. As a snow crystal grows larger, simple faceted growth becomes impossible. The corners of a hexagonal crystal stick out farther into the humid air, so they tend to accumulate more water molecules and grow out a bit faster. The extra growth causes the corners to stick out even farther, which again increases their growth. There is a positive feedback effect, and soon six branches sprout from an initially hexagonal crystal.

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