A car is seen caked in thick ice near Lake Geneva in the city of Versoix, Switzerland.
A car is seen caked in thick ice near Lake Geneva in the city of Versoix, Switzerland. (Photo: MAHATHIR MOHD YASIN/Shutterstock)

Anyone who has ever lived in a cold, icy climate knows that the only winter chore more unpleasant than shoveling snow is scraping ice off your car windows early in the morning.

That goes double for anyone living in a frosty region adjacent to a massive lake. Just ask the owner of this ice-caked car, which was found parked earlier this week near the banks of Lake Erie in Buffalo, New York:

The car’s owner, 24-year-old Justin Yelen, told local news outlets that he left the car parked overnight because he was out having drinks with friends and didn’t want to chance driving home.

A smart, responsible choice — but no good deed goes unpunished. While the car was sitting there, strong winds traveling around 47 miles per hour caused massive waves to spill over the lake's banks and freeze on nearby cars.

“I hope summer comes soon,” said Yelen, who will be receiving rides from friends and family until he's able to free the car from winter’s icy grip.

Of course, cars aren’t the only objects prone to transforming into ice sculptures. Continue below to see how trees, lighthouses and sailboats look when harsh winds and freezing temperatures roll across lakes around the world.

Ice covers the St. Joseph Lighthouse on the banks of Lake Michigan.
Ice covers the St. Joseph Lighthouse on the banks of Lake Michigan. (Photo: John McCormick/Shutterstock)
Thick ice covers the shore of Hungary's Lake Balaton.
Thick ice covers the shore of Hungary's Lake Balaton. (Photo: pgaborphotos/Shutterstock)
Frozen boats are seen docked in Lake Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland.
Frozen boats are seen docked in Lake Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland. (Photo: HienB/Shutterstock)
Even trees aren't immune from the freezing power of winter lakes.
Even trees aren't immune from the freezing power of winter lakes. (Photo: Martin Good/Shutterstock)
Ice covers a car near Lake Geneva near Versoix, Switzerland.
Thick ice covers a jeep near Lake Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland. (Photo: MAHATHIR MOHD YASIN/Shutterstock)

Catie Leary ( @catieleary ) writes about science, travel, animals and the arts.