Winter is here, at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes a whole bunch of seasonal changes. The leaves are gone and the trees are naked, the grass is hidden beneath the snow, and the ducks in the ponds are ice-skating instead of swimming. The landscape is barely recognisable when compared to the summer months, and as you can see from these pictures, many places look incredibly different when juxtaposed against pictures of the opposite season.


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Compiled by Bored Panda, the collection of photographs below contains some of the world's most beautiful places before and after the arrival of winter. From New York and Norway to Iceland and Japan, you'll be amazed how much the seasons can affect the overall personality of the landscapes they touch. Don't forget to vote for your favorite! Like this series? Then click here to see some beautiful before and after autumn photography!

#1 St Joseph Lighthouse, Michigan, USA

St Joseph Lighthouse, Michigan, USA

Kevin Povenz , John Mccormick Report

Kjorn 1 month ago

they'll need lot of salt for melting that

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#2 Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Reinhold Samonigg , Ales Krivec Report

Yvonne Bernal 1 month ago

It almost doesn't even look like the same place - they're BOTH stunning!

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#3 Hamnøy, Norway

Hamnøy, Norway

Jacek Kadaj , Vadim Balakin Report

varwenea 1 month ago

I wonder which season do the residents enjoy more. Seems like it ought to be warmer weather, but one would think they chose to stay north for a reason too.

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#4 Natadera Temple, Komatsu, Japan

Natadera Temple, Komatsu, Japan

Pale Blue , Anderson Sato Report

varwenea 1 month ago

Icicles!

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#5 Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Karen Plimmer , Terry Chuang Report

varwenea 1 month ago

The birds are out!

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#6 The Historic Village Of Shirakawa-Gō, Japan

The Historic Village Of Shirakawa-Gō, Japan

663highland , Agustin Rafael Reyes Report

Hope Floats 1 month ago

It looks like a beautiful little Christmas village....

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#7 Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Spondylolithesis , land_of_ice Report

varwenea 1 month ago

Both are so inviting. What a lovely place.

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#8 Pergola, Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York, USA

Pergola, Conservatory Garden, Central Park, New York, USA

Trish Mayo , Shawn Grenninger Report

Hannah Hollowell 1 month ago

I just love to be the first to walk in the newly fallen snow there<3

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#9 Landwasser Viaduct, Switzerland

Landwasser Viaduct, Switzerland

Eigenes Bild , Hotspot Media Report

Hazel Waring 1 month ago

That's one slow train

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#10 Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

Antanas Kairys , Laimonas Ciūnys Report

aschoo 1 month ago

The winter photo looks a dystopian city

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