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25 Serene Winter Water Scenes

Frozen rivers for skating, waterfalls that cascade down as solid icicles, morning mists rising off lakes as the sun rises. Such magical scenes define winter, and these 25 photos capture them perfectly.

  1. "Lake Tahoe was over 50 degrees warmer than the -9 degree weather we had at sunrise."

    (Courtesy millerbd/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "An unexpected blizzard turned my June vacation to Yellowstone into a January scene! Despite the weird weather, the bison continued to enjoy the new green grass peeking out beneath the snow along the shore of this beautiful lake."

    (Courtesy hoboannie/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "The Hudson River on a winter morning."

    (Courtesy mimic/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "Icy lake in winter, Brevard, North Carolina."

    (Courtesy babytrvlr/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "As cold and cruel as winter can be, it also offers some dramatic beauty such as this frozen waterfall located behind our home and frozen onto the surface of Grayson Lake in KY."

    (Courtesy johnjaneelliott/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "New London, New Hampshire is at the north end of beautiful Lake Sunapee."

    (Courtesy Henniker House/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "As the story goes, when the Pail and Shovel Party took over student government at the University of Wisconsin, they promised to have the Statue of Liberty relocated to campus, but when they were airlifting it in, the cables broke and the statue sunk into Lake Mendota."

    (Courtesy CliffK/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "Lake Naa in Greenland has a coating of ice."

    (Courtesy jfenson/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "Amsterdam skater."

    (Courtesy trinity375/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "Sundance, Utah."

    (Courtesy amichka/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "This picture depicts Fanette Island which is the only island on Lake Tahoe and is located in Emerald Bay. My wife and I were taking an excursion on the M.S. Dixie II paddleboat in February when this amazing view was captured. Fortunately for us, Lake Tahoe does not freeze over in the winter because of its amazing 1000 ft average depth."

    (Courtesy lncgriffin/myBudgetTravel)
  12. "Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. No traffic, no buildings, not a single soul in sight. Just loads of peace, fresh air, and incredibly beautiful landscapes."

    (Courtesy dorothydiva/myBudgetTravel)
  13. "Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Vancouver."

    (Courtesy reilley/myBudgetTravel)
  14. "Early morning, and a little wispy cloud streamed over Dewey Lake."

    (Courtesy beaP/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "Fishing boat in Glacier Bay, Alaska."

    (Courtesy mmiwig/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "The 2011 Cottage Cup in Burr Ridge, Ontario, Canada. Every year my buddy and his 4 brothers invite all their friends up to the family lake for an annual hockey tournament. This year was cold, -14, but probably the best year yet."

    (Courtesy millerbd/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "Ely, Minnesota lake country in winter."

    (Courtesy dirkh/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "Winter in the marshes on the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina."

    (Courtesy ecrudden/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "View of Cucumber Falls from the steps leading down."

    (Courtesy trvlmurofen/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "This is the beautiful Esopus Creek just west of the Woodland Valley Bridge."

    (Courtesy jlouis/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "Sharing the Paulet Island beach with a solitary skua and a fur seal."

    (Courtesy bberwyn/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "While photographing the February winter sunsets on Sitka Sound, Alaska I positioned myself to include the Rockwell Reef Lighthouse."

    (Courtesy Ernest Manewal/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "This photo was taken from the grounds of Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD. I am looking south I believe, into the harbor. The low sun, scattered clouds, and leafless trees provided some great shots that day."

    (Courtesy bavant/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "The East Fork is beautiful any time of the year, especially in winter after a snowfall."

    (Courtesy beaconsreach/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "A rock encased in ice in Smith's Cove, Green's Island, Maine."

    (Courtesy orangemango/myBudgetTravel)

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