Wintry Weather

At one point earlier this winter, 49 states in the U.S. were at least partially covered in snow (all except Florida). With much of North America walloped by a series of blizzards and smaller snowstorms, snow was being measured in feet, not inches, stranding travelers and damaging structures. Along with the challenges it delivers, winter also brings inspiration - to those who would use snow and ice as an art medium, a playground, or as a source of beauty or serenity. Gathered here are recent images of winter and its impact here in the Northern Hemisphere.

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