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Colorado physician photographs flakes for fun

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Feb 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-26 00:07:20-05

DENVER — When the snow falls, most of us are probably already thinking of ways to get it out of the way, via shovel or plow. Jason Persoff takes a different approach.

“I had to learn a lot of meteorology to become a storm chaser,” he said.

So when winter weather arrives, Persoff heads outside to collect snowflakes. He is a physician and a photographer, earning the nickname "The Stormdoctor."

“I’m looking at a water droplet, some dust and crystallization falling lightly from the sky, and it’s amazing,” he told Denver7.

He catches the flakes on a black wool sock, picks out a subject, and points his camera lens. He magnifies the snowflake about a thousand times or more, and clicks.

“Blown away, blown away. That’s incredible. It’s like looking at a tiny magnification of these jewels. Wow, they are all out there,” Jason’s wife, Irma, said.

The resulting photos are so detailed, they almost look fake.

“When I find that right one, it's magical,” Jason said. “I am constantly finding another snowflake that is so cool, it out-cools the other one.”

Persoff encourages others to try the hobby, with one piece of advice: Patience.

“Snowflake conditions can change by the minute. Snowfall in five minutes change from being really photographical to maybe, it's not going to be good conditions today,” he said.

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