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.

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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

Icicles!

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#5 Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Karen Plimmer , Terry Chuang Report

varwenea 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

That's one slow train

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#10 Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius, Lithuania

Antanas Kairys , Laimonas Ciūnys Report

aschoo 2 years ago

The winter photo looks a dystopian city

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#11 Johannapark, Leipzig, Germany

Johannapark, Leipzig, Germany

PK , muhammedkurtoglu Report

Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I guess the skyscrapers are only there in the summer months lol

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#12 Kirkjufell Pool, Iceland

Kirkjufell Pool, Iceland

Bin Sultan , Ivan Pedretti Report

Notchimine Mette 2 years ago

That looks cold - Summer and Winter..

#13 Radhost Mountain, Czech Republic

Radhost Mountain, Czech Republic

Anwar Berech Report

Notchimine Mette 2 years ago

In winter you climb in through the windows...

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#14 Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Vesna Zivcic Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

it's a place who's not talked enough, but i saw so many gorgeous picture of Croatia.

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#15 Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Michael Boehmlaender , Achim Thomae Report

Aurora Rowley 2 years ago

Makes me think of beauty and the beast

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#16 Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

jpgentilini , Felix Roser Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

a dream to live in

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#17 Central Park, New York, USA

Central Park, New York, USA

Jason Moskowitz , Kevin Kim Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

more romantic in winter

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#18 Hallstatt Village, Austria

Hallstatt Village, Austria

Nick Csakany , Pierre Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

wow! Gorgeous place!

#19 Bryce Canyon's Bridge, Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon's Bridge, Utah, USA

Diana Robinson , Paul Brady Report

aschoo 2 years ago

Snow there?!

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#20 Gásadalur, Faroe Islands

Gásadalur, Faroe Islands

Fabian Zehnder , Mortan Mortensen Report

Kjorn 2 years ago

beautiful, but seem a harsh place to live in

#21 Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Skógafoss Waterfall, Iceland

Christopher Shepherd , Tiffany Nguyen Report

Wyndmere 1 year ago

The colors of the rainbows add so much to the summer and make the winter shot so stark in comparison.

#22 Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Marco Bellucci , Thomas Mitchell Report

#23 Bran Castle, Romania

Bran Castle, Romania

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Stroia Ionut 2 years ago

Cool

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#24 Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

laphon pinta , Tomas Chaloupka Report

Dr Soidberger 2 years ago

Whether with rain, sunshine or snow: Prague is a beautiful city! :)

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#25 Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA

Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA

Thomas Duffy , activelynorthwest.com Report

Wyndmere 1 year ago

Summer shot is marvelous with the streams of light accenting the stream of water.

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#26 Central Park, New York, Usa

Central Park, New York, Usa

Peter Darcy , Raymond Haddad Report

Hesei Mamiya 2 years ago

You really like this place.

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#27 Borgund Stave Church, Laerdal, Norway

Borgund Stave Church, Laerdal, Norway

Spektrs , Dag Nordsveen Report

Wyndmere 1 year ago

layer cake

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#28 Church Of The Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Church Of The Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Michael Cockerill , Danskie Dijamco Report

Wyndmere 1 year ago

Awesome sunset.

#29 Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

Kilchurn Castle, Scotland

Mathieu Noel , Grant Glendinning Report

#30 Trakai Castle, Lithuania

Trakai Castle, Lithuania

Vladas Sciavinskas Report

Hannah Hollowell 2 years ago

Can anyone tell me what the things are on the sides of the bridge???

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