winter pond Photo: Susan Barlow/MNN Flickr Group

Looking through these photos, you may find yourself humming the tune "Walking in a Winter Wonderland." This is the season of frost and snow flurries, of white ground and gray skies, of silver and gold twinkling in the sunlight. It's a wonderful time for photographers to capture the beauty of the cold, crisp season.

One of the amazing things about winter is that you never quite know what scene you'll wake up to. After a cold night, the morning can reveal a white blanket of snow or a mere coating of frost crystals, hinting that winter hasn't staked its claim yet.

These images have been submitted by readers, and perusing through them will likely get you in the mood to go on a stroll through the park in the chilly air, just to see how lovely it is outside.

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winter bridge Photo: Susan Barlow/MNN Flickr Group

Bare branches and frosted paths make even the most routine of walks feel like you're roaming through a fairytale.

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winter branches Photo: Mary Lou Endres/MNN Flickr Group

Branches heavy with snow sparkle in sunlight. The combination offers a beautiful silver-and-gold greeting in the morning. And when the sun warms the snow enough, it looks like diamonds are dripping from the trees.

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winter water falls Photo: Loreta Rumsey/MNN Flickr Group

Only fast-moving water can escape the inevitable transition into ice. Even so, waterfalls become a beautiful contrast between liquid and solid.

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ice branches Photo: Mary Lou Endres/MNN Flickr Group

With the right combination of wet and cold, ice forms over branches, encasing them as if in glass. Winter provides an incredible diversity of types of ice, most of which looks like art.

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winter snowfall Photo: Mary Lou Endres/MNN Flickr Group

Watching snow fall is one of the most magical parts of winter. Whenever you get a chance, sit for a moment and just watch the silent white flakes drift down.

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waterfall Photo: Loreta Rumsey/MNN Flickr Group

Despite the hardships it brings, winter offers some of the most incredible beauty we have the pleasure of seeing all year. It also offers excuses to go outside to enjoy the snow and get extra cold, which makes coming in and curling up with a cup of hot cocoa all the more sweet.

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

7 photos that celebrate the wonderland that is winter
Members of our Flickr group have sent in gorgeous images of the world behind the white lens of winter.