Snow Blossoms | Buffalo Park

PhotographerIrene J. Hood

CountryUnited States


VolumeIn The Crystal Country


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Landscape, Mountains, Landscape, Winter, Snow


Image Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.4 cm pasted
Support Dimensions: 15.1 x 26.6 cm laid-paper leaf

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Winter Poem

Titled in hand of photographer below image:  Snow Blossoms  - Buffalo Park -


A variant of this photograph printed slightly darker is contained in the 1908 Irene Hood photograph album held at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. See :  Buffalo Park in December holidays, the last photograph in this album.



It’s possible Jerome learned of the phrase “snow blossoms” from her 1890 illustrated volume “In A Fair Country” by author Thomas Wentworth Higginson, in which Higginson references snow blossoms as resembling falling flakes: “Professor Tyndall, in his delightful book on “The Glaciers of the Alps,” gives drawings of a few of these snow-blossoms, which he watched falling for hours, the whole air being filled with them….p. 90  This was the same volume the artist titled one of her photographs “He Giveth Snow Like Wool”- the idea occurs this early source material may have indeed influenced the thinking and thus captioning of this album of cyanotypes.

Snow Blossoms |  Buffalo Park