9 Photos to Help You Hate Winter a Little Less

03-10-2014 // NWF Staff

It's been a long hard winter across most of the United States this year, between polar vortexes, record snowfall in some places and, well, snow and ice in places that don’t usually get any.

With that in mind, we've pulled a few favorite photos to help you feel a little happier about the cold!

All photos are past honorees from the National Wildlife Photo Contest, which opens to new entries on April 1, 2014.

Everyone loves playing with friends in the snow!

Polar bear cubs playing with Mom, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Christine Haines

Polar bear mother with cubs


Lamar Canyon wolf yearlings, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Eilish Palmer

Wolves in Yellowstone National Park


Southern elephant seal pups, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Yva Momatiuk and John Eastcott

Elephant seal pups


You can still have friends over...

Bluebird gathering with avian crests, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by Jack Meier

Blue birds in snow


Wildlife looks even more striking against the snow:

Red fox, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by David Terbush

Red fox in snow


Great gray owl, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by Robert Palmer

Great gray owl in snow


Familiar landscapes take on a new beauty:

Sunrise over Yosemite Valley, 2011 2nd place, Landscapes and Plant Life
Photo by Jim Shoemaker

Sunrise in Yosemite Valley


Grand Canyon sunrise in winter, 2013 Honorable Mention
Photo by Steve Perry

Sunrise over the Grand Canyon


And best of all - Spring is just around the corner!

Outside on a rainy day, 2010 First Place, Connecting People and Nature
Photo by Natasha A. Svoboda

Girl outside on a rainy day


Ladybug on pearl milkweed bloom, 2012 Honorable Mention
Photo by David Winchester

Ladybug on pearl milkweed bloom


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