They say that every cloud has a silver lining. I think I found it.
Semi-reflective tones on the branches of this snowflake give it a metallic look and a sense of depth. This is all created by very careful positioning of the light and the angle at which it bounces back to the camera.
As with all of the snowflake images, the snowflake itself is photographed on an angle and then focus-stacked, allowing for a better sense of life.
Every miserable snow storm is just billions of these shining silver crystals. The silver lining indeed.