A herdsman takes a rest while he drives his goats at a corn field at Dashiwo village, on the outskirts of Beijing. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep, also known as the Year of the Goat
People walk past snow and ice-covered trees on top of the Feldberg mountain during a winter day, about 20km from Frankfurt, Germany
A woman walks between palm trees before sunrise on Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday
A couple stand under light reflected from a mirrorball installation among evergreen firs as part of the Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire, which opens officially on Friday
Fog covers the valleys in front of the Alpine panorama pictured from the Auerberg mountain near Stoetten, southern Germany
Riot police use pepper gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the cutting down of trees in the centre of Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey.
Giant face sculptures made of tree branches are hung in trees in Holyrood Park outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The pieces are part of a Year of Natural Scotland 2013 project, which were created by independent arts company Vision Mechanics. The City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland have brought these pieces into the city, where they will hang, grow and change with the seasons.