On Jan. 15, 1885, one man sat outside his house in the freezing cold with some black cloth, a turkey feather and a camera, ready to be the first person to catch a snowflake on film. Wilson Bentley was obsessed with snow, so much so that he did very little with his life other than photograph snow; he’s most likely where the idea that no two snowflakes are alike came from. He’d catch flakes on the cloth, manipulate them into position with the feather and quickly put them under the camera shutter. He took dozens of pictures and found that snowflakes came in all shapes and sizes. Bentley called them “masterpieces of design” – they’re not designed, but they are still some of the most magical structures on Earth.