Photographed April 2, 2020 at Snowbasin in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.
On the lower right arm of this stellar dendrite, there is a tiny strand of purple microplastic, looped in a bow and embedded in the snow crystal. It’s so tiny that I didn’t notice it until weeks later. Microplastics are being found throughout the world, including remote parts of the ocean and mountains. The only logical explanation is that the microplastic collided with the snow crystal in the atmosphere while it was forming.
* Note: The print will be of the entire snowflake (not the close up).