Eight Incredibly Beautiful Natural Ice and Snow Formations

Ice is mostly known for causing kids to slip on their way to school, and for causing us all to freeze half to death when we jump in the car on a Monday morning. The formation of ice is subject to a million different little variables, and the tiniest change in humidity, temperature or wind speed can create wildly different results. While Ice can be annoying, and occasionally massively deadly (ice is the cause of a great deal of fatal and near fatal car accidents), it can also be beautiful. Ice is essentially water, trapped in a moment (well, kind of. Well, not really at all. Ignore that metaphor). At any rate, we’ve rounded up eight lovely pictures of ice looking pretty, just to make you happy.

Frozen Bubble

It’s a mad world we live in, where something as delicate as a bubble can freeze over and create something this pretty.

Frozen Flowers

After a cold storm, the ice freezes up over these flowers and encases them. Incredible.