"Of winter’s lifeless world each tree
Now seems a perfect part;
Yet each one holds summer’s secret
Deep down within its heart."
~Charles G. Stater
December 21st will mark the first official day of winter, although waters have already frozen, snow has fallen and the ground has hardened in several places in the country. To mark the official opening of the season, we're sharing photographs of gorgeous winter wonderland's from around the world. From the hustle and bustle of metropolitan meccas like New York City, London and Paris, to the serene and still landscapes of the Cascade and Carpathian mountain ranges, the beauty of winter can be found everywhere on our elegant Earth.
Yosemite National Park in California on a calm and quiet winter's day.
A wintery view from the Carpathian Mountain Range in Slovakia.
The Eiffel Tower peeks out through winter snowfall in Paris, France.
Starry Christmas lights brighten up London's Leicester Square on a December evening.
The Red Square in Moscow, Russia keeps in regal appearance even in the dead of winter.
A gorgeous view of a winter sunset at Hucker Moor Lake in northern Germany.
The grandiose and stunning Christmas tree in front of Rockfeller Center in New York City.
Aurora borealis light up the sky in the Arctic region of northern Finland.
A view from the window of Timberline Lodge at Mt Hood in Oregon.