Paris, France Olivier Morin/Getty
A man swims in the freezing water of the Trocadero fountain
I'm shivering just looking at this picture. The frozen waters of Paris' Trocadero fountain are probably one of the few things that can distract from such a glorious sunrise over the Eiffel tower.
—Sophia Tesfaye, deputy politics editor
Kalofer, Bulgaria Nikolay Doychinov/Getty
Men parade through the icy waters of the Tundzha river as part of Epiphany Day celebrations
I can't get over how festive this looks and feels. I want to be a part of this parade (and chasing the cross), no matter how soaked my shoes wind up getting.
—Jeremy Binckes, cover editor
Berlin, Germany Britta Pederson/Getty
Snow entangled in a dog's beard on a winter day in Germany
This dog's beard is not just for aesthetic and man-cred purposes; it keeps him nice and warm during the -4 degree Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit) weather in Berlin.
—Jillian Kestenbaum, office manager
Pattaya, Thailand Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters
Baby elephant Clear Sky swims during her hydrotherapy session to help rehabilitate the muscles in her front leg
Once again, we try to correct sins that ought not have occurred.
—Chauncey DeVega, politics writer