Bruce Experiences: The Art and Science of Snowflakes with Don Komarechka and Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 — 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Bruce Experiences: The Art and Science of Snowflakes with Don Komarechka and Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht 

Snowflake photo courtesy of Don Komarechka.

Bruce Experiences: The Art and Science of Snowflakes with Don Komarechka and Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht

Please join the Bruce Museum for a presentation by photographer Don Komarechka and physicist Kenneth Libbrecht about the art and science behind one of winter’s most elegant creations: the snowflake. Come learn about the physics behind how snowflakes form and the incredible technology used to capture their beautiful crystalline structures. 

Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer.

Always science-minded but never formally trained, Don uses photography as a way to explore and understand the world around him. Photographing something unusual or unknown is the perfect excuse to learn something new. Don’s work often pushes up against the technical limitations of modern camera equipment and the physical limitations of light itself.

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Kenneth Libbrecht was raised in North Dakota and educated at Caltech and Princeton, receiving his PhD in physics in 1984.  He subsequently joined the faculty at Caltech, where he is currently Professor of Physics.  Ken's interest in the molecular dynamics of crystal growth led him into a detailed study of how ice crystals grow from water vapor, which is essentially the physics of snowflakes.  He has authored several popular-science and photography books on this topic, including The Snowflake: Winter’s Secret Beauty, The Art of the Snowflake, The Secret Life of a Snowflake, and Ken Libbrecht’s Field Guide to Snowflakes.

Bruce Experiences is generously sponsored by Bank of America.  


 

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