This is not snow and ice, but quartz - the most abundant material in the earth's continental crust.
In ideal conditions it forms a perfectly clear six-sided prism, and is commonly found in veins in rocks formed by hot water.
This exquisitely delicate array of inclusions and small fracture planes floats in an optically-clear quartz tip.
Although it appears to be a moment of flux captured by a high-speed shutter, these evanescent formations have most likely been almost unchanged for millennia.
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