Wilson Alwyn Bentley is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes – he took over 5000 photographs of what he called “tiny miracles of beauty”.  He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimated.

Snowflakes have all different kinds of patterns, but always have six sides.


Further reading: Top 10 fascinating facts about snow

Matisse cut-outs

After Henri Matisse had an operation in 1941, his health deteriorated to the point where painting was too strenuous, and paper cut-outs became his principle mode of expression.  His famous Blue Nudes from 1952 were among his final works:

  • Blue Nude IV was the first of the series but the last to be completed
  • Blue Nudes I, II and III were cut ‘in a single movement’ from one blue-painted sheet
  • Blue Nude II is probably the best known


Further reading: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs


230px-Dirndldirndl is a traditional Bavarian dress made up of a skirt, bodice, blouse and apron. The placement of the knot on the apron is said to indicate a woman’s marital status:

  • knot on the right – married, engaged, taken
  • knot of the left – single, available
  • knot on the back – widowed (or a waitress)
  • knot in the middle at the front – virgin

Perhaps this is where the saying “to tie the knot” comes from.

Further reading: Oktoberfest Dirndl dress: the bow