Colors of Ice

December 18th, 2009
The farmer's bathtub finally froze over. The surface had an interesting freezing pattern, but I've photographed similar ones many times before. So I picked up a rock, broke the surface, put a chunk between two crossed polaroid sheets and shot a picture.… more »

First Frost

December 15th, 2009
Here in this neighborhood of Japan, we finally had our first good frost day. By frost, I mean any ice that forms from vapor that condenses (wet or dry) onto a surface. We rarely get snow, typically just one or two short-lived, wet snowfalls over winter,… more »

Outstanding Science Trade Book

December 13th, 2009
Great news! The Story of Snow has been named an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teacher's Association and Children's Book Council! - Mark more »

Front page News

December 11th, 2009
The Kalamazoo Gazette ran a front page article about The Story of Snow on Wednesday, December 9. Click here to check it out! The weather was quite accomodating as a blizzard moved into west Michigan around the same time. - Mark more »

100 Titles for Reading and Sharing

December 7th, 2009
A little while ago the New York Public Library came out with their recommended list of children's books called 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing. The Story of Snow is included! Here's a nice stellar dentrite from last December - almost a year ago. This… more »

18 New Holiday Books For Kids from

December 2nd, 2009
If you are interested in kids' books for the holidays, check out the 18 New Holiday Books For Kids photo gallery on the website of the Chicago Tribune - which is I particularly like #2 in the lineup - but there are a lot of… more »

Story Of Snow Teacher's Guide

December 1st, 2009
The good folks at Chronicle Books have put together a teacher's guide for The Story of Snow. In my storied past, I spent a few years working as an Assistant Superintendent in an urban school district. I was the HR Director and did not get directly… more »

Booksigning December 12 at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

November 28th, 2009
The Kalamazoo Nature Center's Buy Local Art and Gift Fair is coming up in just 2 weeks. I'll be on hand to sign books and talk about snow crystyal photography from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. The Art Fair runs from 10 to 4, and in the afternon the results of… more »

Mark To Be Interviewed On Kalamazoo Radio - The Lori Moore Show

November 25th, 2009
I just confirmed that I’ll be interviewed on the Lori Moore Show – AM 590 WKZO Kalamazoo – around 9:45 a.m. on Friday, December 4. I expect we’ll be talking about The Story of Snow, the Art Hop at Nature Connection that evening, the upcoming “Buy Local”… more »

Story of Snow Book Signing and Art Hop

November 24th, 2009
On Friday, Decmeber 4, I'll be participating in the December Art Hop at Nature Connection - a cool nature oriented gift store located in Downtown Kalamazoo. I'll be there to sign copies of The Story of Snow, and will also have photo note cards and… more »