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Let it snow, let it snow.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

We love them when we're playing in or on them, we curse them when we have to shovel them, 
but snowflakes are really pretty remarkable. No two of the tiny crystals are alike...and 
that got Caltech physics professor Ken Libbrecht's interest.

"It was all very interesting, and I wanted to write a book about it, and so, needed some 
more pictures, started taking photographs, and found it was a lot of fun, so I just kept 
doing it."
RUNS :09

Libbrecht's specialty is crystal growth. His photographs are the basis for this year's 
U-S non-religious holiday stamps. Not many people photograph snowflakes.

"I'm kind of surprised how few people go out and photograph snowflakes. It's not THAT 
hard, and maybe more people will start doing it now that they see the stamps."
RUNS :09

Of course, you have to work in the cold.

He hopes the four new stamps will spur more people to pay attention to snowflakes.

"All it takes is a magnifying glass, and a snowy day, and you let the crystals fall on 
your sleeve, and take a close look."
RUNS :08

I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more about stamps and stamp collecting, 
and the snowflakes stamps, visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com

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