Readers capture the art and beauty of the winter landscape

Photos submitted for Photo of the Week show the subtle beauty of winter in Minnesota

sun and tree
Tom Mastellar took this photo of the sun behind clouds next to a lone tree on County Road 61 near Lake Ida on the afternoon of Jan. 21, 2023.
Contributed / Tom Mastellar

Winter doesn’t have to be cold, dull and drab. Although not as colorful as summertime, winter in Minnesota has a subtle beauty that is there if you look for it. When you combine the light of the sun or moon with a fresh, new snow or intricate frost, you have a landscape just waiting to be captured in images.

Sunset along frozen lake
Alicia Hanrahan took this photo of the sun setting near her home on the east side of Lake Carlos on Dec. 3, 2023.<br/>
Contributed / Alicia Hanrahan

These photos were submitted by readers for Photo of the Week and were all taken at around sunrise or sunset this past December and January.

Frosty trees by frozen lake
Mark Koch took this photo of frosty trees on the west side of Lake L’Homme Dieu on the morning of Jan. 6, 2023.
Contributed / Mark Koch

Each week, the Echo Press publishes a reader submitted photo for Photo of the Week, which usually runs on page 2 on Fridays, and is also published on the website on Sundays. If you have a great photo that you would like to submit for Photo of the Week, send it to Lowell Anderson at

Moon over trees
Vicki Lorentz took this photo of the moon on Sandhill Lane near Carlos on the evening of Jan. 6, 2023.
contributed / Vicki Lorentz
Frosty trees and clouds
Brianna Voltz took this photo of a group of frost-covered trees on County Road 5 just before sunset on Jan. 21, 2023.
Contributed / Brianna Voltz
Dave Mork took this photo of sundogs at sunrise at his farm near Madison on Dec. 24, 2022.
Contributed / Dave Mork
Moon over frosty trees
Six-year-old Eden Rosin took this photo of the moon over frosty trees on the evening of Jan. 6, 2023, at her grandparents’ farm in northwestern Douglas County.
Contributed / Eden Rosin
Church at sunset
Steve Huemoller took this photo of the sun setting behind Living Word Lutheran Church near South McKay Avenue in Alexandria on Dec. 17, 2022.
Contributed / Steve Huemoller

Lowell Anderson has been a photographer and writer at the Echo Press since 1998.
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