“There is snow in yonder cold gray sky of the morning, and through the partially-frosted window-panes I love to watch the gradual beginnings of the storm.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Snowflakes
A few days before heading out to see my family for Thanksgiving this year, it snowed. Of course, saying it “snowed” might be a bit of a misnomer. After 2015′s snowpocalypse, it was really more of a light dusting. Despite this, the snow was magical nonetheless.
“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow; and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight; the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s the Snow-Storm, epigraph in John G. Whittier’s Snow-bound: A Winter Idyl
To get into the festive snow season, I made a valiant attempt at designing literary paper snowflakes. After some trial and error (and many mangled pieces of paper), snowflakes were acquired! Above are two of them, inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Raven. The perfect indoor activity for the oncoming cold weather.
“It may be worth noting that by the addition of over 200 plates during the past winter, the number of individual photomicrographs of crystals in our collection is brought up to somewhat over 1000, no two of which are alike.”
W. A. Bentley, Studies among the Snow Crystals…
Jessica Jones is a reference and reading room volunteer at the Phillips Library. Having previously worked at as a bookstore assistant and tour guide, she is interested in collection development and reference services. With a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Smith College, she is currently working towards earning her M.L.S and M.A. in Children’s Literature at Simmons College.