Welcome to Winter: Beautiful Scenes Around the World

Pavilions on a lake in Xi'an, China
Welcome to Winter: Beautiful Scenes Around the World Stringer/REUTERS

It is easy to forget humans only make up for a fraction of our world. We are fascinated with our species, and often for good reason: We discover things about our bodies and minds every day; we invent, we progress, we often surprise ourselves. But frequently humans fight, we doubt, we argue and we fear. While 2016 could be the most hated year of the millennium (so far), as John Oliver noted, winter gives us the chance to take a step back and concentrate on something else. Nature has a way of making humans seem small and insignificant. Marveling at foggy mountain tops, frosty flowers and crisp leaves is the remedy to soothe a busy mind. Newsweek has compiled some of the most beautiful scenes of winter arriving in the northern hemisphere. Take some time out and enjoy the world in all its peaceful glory.

Fog on field Germany
A tree in early morning fog on a field between Hanau and Offenbach, Germany, November 1.Kai Pfaffenbach/REUTERS
Antigua at sunset
The RFA Wave Knight at sunset anchored in Antigua, November 22.Carlo Allegri/REUTERS
Beech trees grow in a forest in Bieszczady Mountains, Poland
Beech trees grow in a forest in Bieszczady Mountains near Baligrod village, Poland, November 6.Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Inntal Valley Hundskopf
Fog covers the Inntal valley as the sun rises behind Hundskopf mountain in the western Austrian village of Gnadenwald, Austria, September 7.Dominic Ebenbichler/REUTERS
Frosty flowers
Flowers are covered with snow in Bad Aibling near Rosenheim, Germany, November 9. Michaela Rehle/REUTERS
Drops on leaf
Waterdrops are pictured on a fallen leaf from autumn trees at the Tiergarten central park in Berlin, Germany, November 9.Fabrizio Bensch/REUTERS
Rainy Liverpool
A woman walks her dog in the rain in Liverpool, England, November 17. Phil Noble/REUTERS
Supermoon in Poland
The supermoon is seen over Lake Morskie Oko in the Tatra Mountains near Zakopane, Poland November 14.Marek Podmokly/Agencja Gazeta/REUTERS