United States Postal Service issued a commemorative set of four
snowflake stamps on October 5th, 2006. I took these pictures in
Fairbanks, Alaska (upper right image), in Houghton, Michigan (lower left),
and in northern Ontario (the other two). Click on the image at
left for a closer view.
These stamps are available at post offices across
the country. You can also order them online at
usps.com. At that site,
click on Buy Stamps & Shop, then search for "holiday
snowflakes" (include the quotes).
original photographs are shown at left. They appear blue in these
pictures because I illuminated the crystals with blue light (along with
some white light and other colors for highlights). Snow
crystals are made of ice, which is clear and colorless, so they are
basically the same color as the background. The folks at the post
office changed the colors a bit and digitally "cut out" the crystals and
put them on a white background for the stamps.