The Starks are always right, eventually—winter is coming, and would you look at that, it's already here in our yards. And it doesn’t feel like leaving. There’s a blizzard raging outside our windows, we’ve got our favorite ugly sweaters on, and we’d gladly exchange our radiators for roaring fireplaces.

Our team here at Bored Panda wanted to share our love for snow and ice wonderlands, so we’ve compiled this list of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping, and outright inspiring winter photos. Mother Nature is far more powerful than we give her credit for.

Don’t forget to put on your gloves, hats, and scarves, dear Pandas, the photos are so powerful, you can almost feel the cold through your screens. We’ve also packed you some hot tea in a thermos because the weather outside is truly frightful. So go on, scroll down and have some fun in the snow. Remember to upvote your fave photos and tell us all about the coldest winter you’ve ever experienced in the comments.

Also, read on for Bored Panda’s interview with photographer Dominic Sberna who told us about working in the cold and staying warm if you’re out in the snow for hours and hours at a time.

#1

Freeze. Defrost. Refreeze. Thaw. Freeze Creates An Ice Hummingbird

Freeze. Defrost. Refreeze. Thaw. Freeze Creates An Ice Hummingbird

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

That's beautiful. Upvote this one.

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Due To The Low Temperature, Lake Michigan Shattered Into Countless Pieces Of Ice

Due To The Low Temperature, Lake Michigan Shattered Into Countless Pieces Of Ice

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

That looks like a scene from Frozen, as if Elsa went crazy

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#3

Frost Pattern On A Car This Morning

Frost Pattern On A Car This Morning

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Omg, its gorgeous!

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Photographer Dominic shared with Bored Panda how professionals and amateurs alike should prepare before venturing out to take photos in the cold.

“When going out in any inclement weather, it's extremely important to dress appropriately for the conditions. Make sure you've got a good pair of gloves to go along with a nice coat. You want to be able to feel your hands, at least a little bit while photographing the winter scenes before you,” he told us.

#4

Freezing Temperatures Create The Perfect Environment For Free-Falling Water To Form A Massive "Ice Crater" At The Bottom Of The Falls

Freezing Temperatures Create The Perfect Environment For Free-Falling Water To Form A Massive "Ice Crater" At The Bottom Of The Falls

Helmcken Falls, British Columbia, Canada.

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Katie Lutesinger
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6 months ago

COOL! (Literally!)

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#5

The Way My Windscreen Froze

The Way My Windscreen Froze

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Three little explorers rowing past icebergs

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#6

Cat Standing In Barn Underneath Curved Icicles

Cat Standing In Barn Underneath Curved Icicles

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Alexia
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6 months ago

The icicles look like an ice claw. The cat is not impressed

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“I'm not good about going out in it myself, but once I'm out there, so long as I'm properly dressed for it, you'd be hard-pressed to get me out of the snow. Dress warm! That's the best advice I can give. If you have too many layers on, you can always take a layer of clothing off. It's better to over-prepare than under-prepare in these situations,” Dominic pointed out that it’s best to put in a bit more effort when getting dressed before heading out. We’re talking about our health, after all.

The photographer also shared a few insights about the relationship between snow and lighting. “It really depends on what you're dealing with as far as lighting is concerned. If it's a typical bleak and overcast winter day, you're going to have nice soft shadows,” he told Bored Panda.

#7

Endless Snow-Covered Forest In Finland

Endless Snow-Covered Forest In Finland

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

It looks like a bunch of snow beings emerging from the snow

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#8

How The Water Froze On My Window

How The Water Froze On My Window

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Artsy Bookworm
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6 months ago

Wow that's so beautiful ❤️

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#9

The Way This Ice Froze

The Way This Ice Froze

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Hannah Edwards
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6 months ago

Reminds me of the desert rose rock formations

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“Now if it is a sunny day with a lot of snow, you're going to have high contrasts and harsh shadows. No matter what the weather is, photographing under an overcast sky is always going to be less of a challenge than in direct sunlight," the photographer explained.

Though there are some places on Planet Earth like Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu that have never seen snow (and likely won’t see it any time soon), the vast majority of countries have gotten snowfall at one time or another. Even hot countries like Egypt see snow from time to time!

#10

Forget About The Arctic Cold And Surf The Lake They Said. It'll Be Fun They Said

Forget About The Arctic Cold And Surf The Lake They Said. It'll Be Fun They Said

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

Looks like a whale um, sneezed on him

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#11

Driving Through Freezing Rain Turned My Wheels Into Something From Mad Max

Driving Through Freezing Rain Turned My Wheels Into Something From Mad Max

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Now thats mad!!!

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#12

When Wind Meets Freezing Rain

When Wind Meets Freezing Rain

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

The male displays his stunning winter blades, hoping to attract a mate. If challenged by a rival male, the two fans will lock blades, each attempting to sever the winter blades of the other, in hopes of winning himself the attentions of the watching female. Life is brutal, from silicon valley to the e-recycling centre, and everywhere between. *National Geographic music*

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The general rule is that the closer you move towards the equator, the less likely you are to see any of that wonderful thing we call snow. Places with mountains, however, can have snowy peaks, as the high altitudes make for a far better home for ice and snow than the warmth down below.

Some of the chilliest places on our planet include the Eastern Antarctic Plateau which holds the title of the coldest location on Earth at -94 degrees C (that’s -137.2 degrees F!). However, some researchers actually believe that the temperature there might even go lower because of how dry the air is there.

#13

This Is Canada. Saw This While Skiing. It Was A Little Cold

This Is Canada. Saw This While Skiing. It Was A Little Cold

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Mistralok
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6 months ago

Doctor Zhivago comes to mind.

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#14

This Christmas Bush Under A Smooth Blanket Of Snow

This Christmas Bush Under A Smooth Blanket Of Snow

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Nika De Beer
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6 months ago

Christmas disco ball!

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#15

Came Out Of Work To This Interesting Ice Formation On My Car

Came Out Of Work To This Interesting Ice Formation On My Car

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Serial pacifist
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6 months ago

Elaborate art

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Standing in second place is the Vostok Station in Antarctica. The temperature there was noted to have dropped down to -89.2 degrees C (-128.56 degrees F).

In third place, not far behind, is the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole, built way back in 1956. The lowest temperature recorded there was -82.8 degrees C (-117.04 degrees F) in 1983. However, don’t think that it stays that cold all year round. In fact, in 2011, the temperature rose to -12.3 degrees C (9.86 degrees F). That’s practically summer!

Of course, all of this pales in comparison to the coldness of space. Once you leave the coziness and warmth of our atmosphere, you can enjoy the company of absolute zero which is -273.15 degrees C (-459.67 degrees F).

#16

Ice Coming Out Of This Hole In A Hand Railing

Ice Coming Out Of This Hole In A Hand Railing

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

This defies gravity!

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#17

This Tree Collapsed In A Very Strange Way From The Weight Of The Snow

This Tree Collapsed In A Very Strange Way From The Weight Of The Snow

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

When you give up because you just can't anymore.

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#18

Snow Covered Net Roof Of The Aviary In The Zoo

Snow Covered Net Roof Of The Aviary In The Zoo

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

Imagine the sky is all grey and theres a tree with blue leaves

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When it comes to the smallest particles that make up snow, the snowflakes themselves, researchers are still unraveling their mysteries. One thing that we were stunned to learn was the shape of snowflakes changes depending on how cold it gets and what the humidity is.

For instance, at certain temperature points, the snowflakes we know and love can actually start looking like columns.

#19

What Happens When The Water Is Not Turned Off In A Non Winterized House. 5ft Frozen Solid

What Happens When The Water Is Not Turned Off In A Non Winterized House. 5ft Frozen Solid

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Basemen rink for very short kids!

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#20

This Just In: Newfoundland Changes Name To “Newlostland” Following Winter Apocalypse

This Just In: Newfoundland Changes Name To “Newlostland” Following Winter Apocalypse

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Does snow have insulating properties?

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#21

It’s Been So Cold, I Snapped My Welcome Mat

It’s Been So Cold, I Snapped My Welcome Mat

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

It looks like a biscuit dashed in icing sugar

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It’s true that no two snowflakes are alike and we think this definitely proves the involvement of magic on some level when it comes to physics (you should expect your letter to go to Hogwarts any day now).

Snowflakes develop as they move through the air, so each one’s ‘evolution’ is entirely unique. That’s because you can’t replicate the exact same humidity and vapor conditions in every tiny area of the sky. So let’s extend this even further: it’s not just every snowflake that’s unique, it’s absolutely each and every pile of snow and blizzard. From the tiny to the vast. You might not see it in the photos, but the fact is always there.

#22

Cars After Freezing Rain In Vladivostok, Russia

Cars After Freezing Rain In Vladivostok, Russia

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

That would be satisfying to break and push off

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#23

The Way The Drizzle Froze To The Chicken Wire

The Way The Drizzle Froze To The Chicken Wire

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Chicken wire can be a beautiful thing if you ain't a cold chicken!

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#24

Dutch Firefighter After Dousing A Fire In Freezing Conditions

Dutch Firefighter After Dousing A Fire In Freezing Conditions

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

I bet when he became a firefighter he never thought he might freeze to death.

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#25

The Way The Mud Froze On My Truck Looks Like A Painting Of The Forrest

The Way The Mud Froze On My Truck Looks Like A Painting Of The Forrest

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Amazing looks like there may be a rock shelter in your gas cap!

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#26

This Floating Ice Shelf After The Water Level Drops

This Floating Ice Shelf After The Water Level Drops

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LuckyL
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6 months ago

Thats a lot of waterlevel drop

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#27

Stoplights In Lake Tahoe Filled With Snow Due To A Design Of Not Having The Bottom Cut Out To Prevent Snow Accumulation

Stoplights In Lake Tahoe Filled With Snow Due To A Design Of Not Having The Bottom Cut Out To Prevent Snow Accumulation

It’s a world-class ski area, snow should be a key factor in all design decisions.

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Liz
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6 months ago

And there’s a red light camera, too 🤦‍♀️

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#28

River Levels Fall, Lapping Ripples Kiss Ice Cold, Missouri Driftwood

River Levels Fall, Lapping Ripples Kiss Ice Cold, Missouri Driftwood

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Serial pacifist
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6 months ago

It looks like small ice hands touching the water

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#29

My Dad Throwing Boiling Water In The Air On A Very Cold Day

My Dad Throwing Boiling Water In The Air On A Very Cold Day

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Damn I bet that could hurt someone!

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#30

Frozen Flower I Found In Austin During The Texas Winter Storm

Frozen Flower I Found In Austin During The Texas Winter Storm

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

Poor Texas had no idea what to do with that kind of weather.

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#31

Anthropomorphic Icicle Hanging From My Eave This Morning

Anthropomorphic Icicle Hanging From My Eave This Morning

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Oh! for Pete's sake help it down!

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#32

When The Road Wants To Kill You

When The Road Wants To Kill You

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

But there's still some idiot who thinks they can take that corner at 50.

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#33

In Winter, People At My University Take Children's Clothing Items, Dip Them In Water And Hold Them In Place Until They Freeze Like This All Over Campus

In Winter, People At My University Take Children's Clothing Items, Dip Them In Water And Hold Them In Place Until They Freeze Like This All Over Campus

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Artsy Bookworm
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6 months ago

Creepy...

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#34

The Pattern The Ice Left On My Grill

The Pattern The Ice Left On My Grill

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Sue Hazlewood
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6 months ago

It's lovely

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#35

Mighty Crown Of Ice Formed In My Bucket Of Rainwater

Mighty Crown Of Ice Formed In My Bucket Of Rainwater

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Well splish splash I ain't taken no bucket bath!

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#36

This Spiky Ice That Formed On A Fence By My House

This Spiky Ice That Formed On A Fence By My House

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Juliet Ware
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6 months ago

What causes it to become so spiky?

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#37

Freezing Fog (Hoar Frost) On Top Of A Wind Turbine

Freezing Fog (Hoar Frost) On Top Of A Wind Turbine

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Those turbines are creepy enough with out frost!

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#38

So Cold The Grill Froze To The Ground

So Cold The Grill Froze To The Ground

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Just back away slowly and don't as questions!

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#39

It Warmed To 26 F And The Pajamas Are Melting Matrix-Style

It Warmed To 26 F And The Pajamas Are Melting Matrix-Style

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

When Neo is ghosting you

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#40

Freezing Fog Frost On These Pine Needles This Morning

Freezing Fog Frost On These Pine Needles This Morning

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Mistralok
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6 months ago

Fireworks for Princess Elsa.

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#41

It Is Crazy Cold In Sweden, Småland Now. On My Way To Our “Summer” Cabin

It Is Crazy Cold In Sweden, Småland Now. On My Way To Our “Summer” Cabin

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Baby you take you cloths off at your summer cabin you gonna get one hell of a freezer burn!

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#42

Water Froze In My Fire-Pit Cover And Made This Wreath

Water Froze In My Fire-Pit Cover And Made This Wreath

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River Daski
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6 months ago

I would put that on my front door, what a cool wreath!

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#43

How The Water Froze On The Lake By My House

How The Water Froze On The Lake By My House

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Dang froze in mid splash - now that's damn cold!

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#44

Spaghetti Tundra

Spaghetti Tundra

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Rijkærd
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6 months ago

Like one of those levitating monks acting on the streets....

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#45

So Y'all Like Pics Of Poorly Insulated Houses, Eh?

So Y'all Like Pics Of Poorly Insulated Houses, Eh?

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Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

But, I......how? Can you use it? What happens when the ice melts back into water? 😬

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#46

Beautiful But Weirdly Creepy Icicles Grew On My House This Winter

Beautiful But Weirdly Creepy Icicles Grew On My House This Winter

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Nika De Beer
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6 months ago

It looks like an ice monster's hand is reaching towards the window

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#47

Draining Water Froze Around A Chain Creating A Cool Icicle

Draining Water Froze Around A Chain Creating A Cool Icicle

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Brian Bennett
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6 months ago

Can you imagine the weight of this sucker - please note cars!

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#48

Guy Parks On The Stripes Thinking He Can Avoid The Freezing Rain Only To Be Under A Leaky Pipe

Guy Parks On The Stripes Thinking He Can Avoid The Freezing Rain Only To Be Under A Leaky Pipe

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

Karma gets you every time.

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#49

This Is What Finnish Winter Looks Like When It Wants To Hurt People

This Is What Finnish Winter Looks Like When It Wants To Hurt People

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Otter
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6 months ago

Get out your skates! Well, your old skates.

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#50

Literally The Bus I Was In (-67 Degrees Freedom Units)

Literally The Bus I Was In (-67 Degrees Freedom Units)

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Jo Choto
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6 months ago

I don't even know how to comprehend that cold in any unit.

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