It’s hard to remember the beauty of winter when constantly shovelling walkways, scraping ice off cars, and tromping through freezing slush. That’s why it’s nice to get a view from above, far away from the chilly realities of the season.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly took this photo from the International Space Station, before an epic blizzard smothered the East Coast. Faint traces of rivers create subtle veins in the snow, while ridges, roads, and cities stand out in sharp contrast.

Top image: Snowy landscapes in Novopersianovka, Russia. Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly

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