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10 Stunning Time-lapses of The Same Places in Winter & Summer

OMG December 19, 2016 By Vincent

We all know how much the seasons can change a landscape but few of us rarely see how dramatically those landscapes can change next to each other. Of course, all seasons have a sense of wonder and beauty about them and all have their pros and cons.

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Here we look at some stunning photos that show just how much the same places change in the different seasons.


1. St Josephs Lighthouse, Michigan - USA

A lighthouse that just out into the sea on the end of a pier, this glorious building has a permanent webcam year round to show it in the rough winter seas or the placid summer months but, as the picture shows, the waters can become so cold that they will freeze over leaving dramatic icicles clinging to the structure.

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Summer storms can batter the structure with water leaving it open to the perils of nature.


2. Lake Bled - Slovenia

High up in the Julian Alps of Slovenia sits the stunning Lake Bled which reflects the sky in its azure waters and has a small island on which sits a church dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, but come the winter months and the lake freezes over high up in the mountains as it becomes a frosty snowscape.

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Stunning all year round, this is one of the most picturesque places in Slovenia.


3. Hamnoy - Norway

Hamnøy is a small fishing village in the municipality of Moskenes in Nordland county, it sits at the Northern end of the country on a peninsula that juts out into the freezing North Sea. A tiny community, it certainly is beautiful and enjoys long summers but also goes through very long and dark winters. 

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As such, the beauty is unparalleled but life up there is tough and it takes a certain personality to endure it.


4. Shirakawa-Go - Japan

A historic village showcasing a traditional building style known as gasshō-zukuri, Shirakawa-Go has a tiny population but attracts many to its boundaries to view its majestic beauty in both the soft blooms of the peach blossoms as well as the serene, snowy facades that winter brings.

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Stunningly picturesque all year round, it is well worth a visit.


5. Laka Wanaka - New Zealand

New Zealand's fourth largest lake, it is home to the Wanaka tree which is a lone tree that sits in the lake and creates a stunning vista in its solitude as it attracts birds and wildlife to its lonely branches on the glorious lake. High up in the mountains, the lake is surrounded by beauty on all sides.

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As winter rolls around, the lake freezes over but the famed tree holds steady in the adverse conditions.


6. Natadera Temple - Japan

A Buddhist temple complex in the city of Komatsu, its vibrant red color, and distinctive Eastern architecture set it apart from the lush green gardens that surround it but come to the cold snowfalls of winter, the distinctive red coloring becomes even more striking against the stark white background of the soft snow.

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The temple can be visited all year round and is a wonder of architecture.


7. Yosemite National Park, California - USA

Yosemite national park is truly a wonder of the world with all the stunning scenery and amazing and unique wildlife that it encapsulates and falls under its protection. The stunning rocky scenery also changes with the shifting patterns of light that each season brings whether it's their towering and imposing grayness in summer...

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or softly snow-capped peaks in the winter, with each season bringing out different wild visitors.


8. Central Park, New York - USA

Central Park is an icon of New York and America itself as inside the hustle and bustle of the city sits this green paradise with walkways and trellises, lakes and bridges and come to the first snowfall, icicles hang off of the outcrops and overhangs and turn green to white in a stunning transformation.

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Jaw-dropping, it is the perfect escape from the rat race. 


9. Landwasser Viaduct - Switzerland

 A signature structure of the World Heritage-listed Albula Railway, it is 65 meters (213 ft) high, 136 meters (446 ft) long, and one of its ramps exits straight into the Landwasser Tunnel. A glacial express runs through this alpine beauty even in the heavy snow and it is one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.

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Plough through the mountains in whatever whether all from the comfort of a luxury train ride.


10. Vilnius - Lithuania

Lithuania's capital and largest city, its Old Town were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 and the city has a distinctive architectural beauty that was influenced by its Jewish population right up until the 20th century with  Napoleon calling it "the Jerusalem of the North" as he was passing through in 1812.

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Brimming with history and unique architectural contrasts, it is a stunning place to visit.


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