Instant winter magic happens when a woman throws hot water into the air. The water immediately condenses into ice crystals at temperatures -16 degrees Fahrenheit, in Shenyang in northeastern China, on January 8, 2021. STR/AFP via Getty Images
There’s no doubt that there were many, many powerful and newsworthy images created during the eventful past 12 months. We applaud all these skilled photographers, not only for persevering and bringing life to vital stories, but also for not losing sight of the little curious and enchanting moments—like the ones below. At Atlas Obscura, we always celebrate images that make you see the world in a new, hopefully wondrous way. Check out this selection of our favorite eye-catching moments in another complicated year.
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