A skier takes to the slopes at the Yad Moss ski slope in the North Pennines, England, on the resort’s first day of the skiing season. (Photo: AP)
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Welcoming Winter: Breathtaking Landscapes from Across the World  

It is that time of the year again. Snow-capped mountains, ethereal landscapes and the start of Christmas festivities all over the world have marked the arrival of the winter season.

Tokyo residents on Thursday woke up to the season’s first November snowfall in more than 50 years.

Here are a few pictures that capture nature in all its rawness, in the season marked by snow, winds and festivities.

A visitor at the Hase temple in Kamakura near Tokyo. (Photo: AP)
A visitor at the Hase temple in Kamakura near Tokyo. (Photo: AP)
People enjoying a traditional winter walk  through the mist on the Gateacre estate in Liverpool, England. (Photo: AP)
People enjoying a traditional winter walk through the mist on the Gateacre estate in Liverpool, England. (Photo: AP)


The rising winter sun casts a warm, glowing light near the island of Ruegen in Stralsund, Germany. (Photo: AP)
The rising winter sun casts a warm, glowing light near the island of Ruegen in Stralsund, Germany. (Photo: AP)


A man walks during a snow storm  in St Cloud, Minnesota. (Photo: AP)
A man walks during a snow storm in St Cloud, Minnesota. (Photo: AP)


A woman puts the finishing touches on a snow man during a snow storm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Photo: AP)
A woman puts the finishing touches on a snow man during a snow storm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (Photo: AP)


Skiing enthusiasts ride up a mountain slope with a drag lift in the Black Forest near Feldberg, southern Germany. (Photo: AP)
Skiing enthusiasts ride up a mountain slope with a drag lift in the Black Forest near Feldberg, southern Germany. (Photo: AP)
A man seen out during snowfall in Tokyo. (Photo: AP)
A man seen out during snowfall in Tokyo. (Photo: AP)
The ski slopes at Stowe, Vermont, wear a blanket of snow from the season’s first snowfall. (Photo: AP)
The ski slopes at Stowe, Vermont, wear a blanket of snow from the season’s first snowfall. (Photo: AP)


Shrine maidens chat in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura near Tokyo. (Photo: AP)
Shrine maidens chat in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura near Tokyo. (Photo: AP)


Kashmiri women walk on a cold morning on the outskirts Srinagar. (Photo: AP)
Kashmiri women walk on a cold morning on the outskirts Srinagar. (Photo: AP)


A group of horses stand in the landscape covered with the first snow in Burguete, northern Spain.(Photo: AP)
A group of horses stand in the landscape covered with the first snow in Burguete, northern Spain.(Photo: AP)


Colder temperatures brought out the snowcats at Northstar, California. (Photo: AP)
Colder temperatures brought out the snowcats at Northstar, California. (Photo: AP)


Actors stand next to giant footprints imprinted in the snow during a photo shoot for the film, The BFG,  by Tower Bridge in London. (Photo: AP)
Actors stand next to giant footprints imprinted in the snow during a photo shoot for the film, The BFG, by Tower Bridge in London. (Photo: AP)


Sheep in a snow-covered field in the village of Upperthong, north England. (Photo: AP)
Sheep in a snow-covered field in the village of Upperthong, north England. (Photo: AP)


Cars stuck in a traffic jam along the embankment of the Moskva River outside the Kremlin during snowfall in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: AP)
Cars stuck in a traffic jam along the embankment of the Moskva River outside the Kremlin during snowfall in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: AP)