The beauty of winter 2021

Enjoy photographs of winter 2021 and all of its beautiful snow and unusual icy shapes!

Rime ice on a branch in Georgia.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Laura Beggs in Blairsville, Georgia, captured this photo of rime ice on January 10, 2021. She wrote: “As the sun rose and the wind picked up, the frozen ice fell away like snow.” Thanks, Laura!

Winter has come to the Northern Hemisphere, coating much of the world in snow and ice and stealing the sun for long stretches. But there is beauty in this frigid landscape. Friends of EarthSky are sharing their photos with us, depicting winter scenes from rime ice formed by freezing fog to plates of ice stacked up along the bay at Lake Superior. Share your best shot of winter at EarthSky Community Photos!

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Kelvin Helmholtz wave clouds above Red Rock Canyon, Utah.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Mike Daniels in Red Rock Canyon, Utah, captured this photo of Kelvin-Helmholtz wave clouds above a wintry scene on January 4, 2021. He wrote: “Looking south just before lunch time. Saw these clouds moving behind the cliffs.” Thanks, Mike!

Freezing fog turns trees white.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Merikay Garrett in Carlton County, Mahtowa, Minnesota, captured this photo of freezing fog on January 2, 2021. Merikay wrote: “Mahtowa had freezing fog every day for a week. Locals said they’d not ever seen that happen.” Thanks, Merikay!

Rime ice makes lots of short, narrow spikes on twigs.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kelly Whitt in Delafield, Wisconsin – an EarthSky editor – captured this photo of rime ice on her afternoon walk on January 6, 2021. She wrote: “Freezing fog creates rime ice, beautiful and jagged spears that coat every branch. Day after day of freezing fog has created a majestic scene to start 2021.” Thanks, Kelly!

Slabs of ice at all angles piled up on each other under sunset sky.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jim Peacock in Red Cliff, Wisconsin, captured this photo of plates of ice piled up along Lake Superior. He wrote: “Stacks of ice along the shoreline of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. Recent freezing in this bay followed by a slight warm up is the probable cause of this beautiful phenomenon.” Thanks, Jim!

Frost-laden branches amid a snowy scene.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jill Ellis in Oregon, Wisconsin, captured this photo of frosty branches on January 5, 2021. She wrote: “Several days of freezing fog have coated every twig and branch with rime ice. It’s quite beautiful!” Thanks, Jill!

Tiny icicles on a power line amid tree branches with small round red seed pods.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Nina Gorenstein in West Lafayette, Indiana, captured this photo of ice coating the neighborhood on January 1, 2021. She wrote: “The New Year began with wind and freezing rain alerts. Ice crust and frozen rain drops appeared on branches of trees, wires, borders of roofs. These tiny icicles are so evenly distributed!” Thanks, Nina!

Slabs of ice piled up on lakeshore with lowering sun glinting off them.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Kristal Leonard caught these glittering ice slabs in Townsend, Montana, on December 23, 2020. She wrote: “Giant chunks of frozen shoreline on Canyon Ferry Lake in Montana at sunset.”

Bottom line: Rime ice, tiny icicles, stacks of frozen water from the Great Lakes and other gorgeous winter photos of 2021 are being shared at EarthSky Community Photos!