One day in December 2014 i was lucky to capture some really large fernlike dendrites like this snowflake.
I've tried slightly different shooting technique than my usual methods, and was satisfied by results: i collected snowflakes on plastic bag, then transferred good looking specimens on surface of DVD-R disk, using small paintbrush. Moving snowflakes with brush is easy task; but after that, i've used sharp wooden toothpick to raise crystal by it's edge and make it stand vertically, relying on other crystal. This trick was not so easy, but, surprisingly, is not mission impossible: within half of hour i've managed to get four crystals standing, and they not fall, when i captured short series of photos.
This picture is the best of all four source sequences. It was made from averaged stack of 10 identical photos. Background behind snowflake is not sky: it is blue paper.
Fernlike dendrites are really amazing snowflakes. If you ever seen the snow, then you probably seen them, too: this...