Today marks the offical first day of the winter solstice!
To celebrate, we've put together a photo tour of some beautiful shots taken around the country. So sit back, curl up with a warm cup of cocoa, and enjoy the winter sights without stepping foot out into the cold!
Buck in snow, Photo Rich Keen/RMA
A young angler waits patiently for a bite while the snow piles up around him. Photo by Mary Stefanski/USFWS
A Loggerhead Shrike, while common in spring, summer, and fall, it's uncommon to see one in the winter.
Photo: Barbara Wheeler, USFWS Volunteer
Tundra Swans, Photo: D Montgomery
Holly berries in the New Jersey snow Photo: Laura Perlick