Jarring Nature Photos Captured More Than Expected

April 13, 2024
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Our planet is teeming with natural wonders, varying weather patterns, and loads of creatures begging to be photographed. Some pictures make us appreciate the beauty and vastness of our surroundings. Others highlight the dangers nature poses, whether it’s a tornado, raging sea, or wild creature, leaving us feeling small. This collection of captivating nature photographs will make anyone look at our world from a different perspective.

Unfazed by a tornado

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This girl, Audra Thomas from Beaver City, Nebraska, appears calm and unfazed by a tornado spinning behind her. Given that she’s from Nebraska, she probably knows how to handle tornadoes. Despite appearing close, the twister is, in reality, still about a mile away. It’s headed towards her family’s farm, seen in the background, and destroys a barn there. While we might assume that Audra’s mom would be upset about this photo, it was actually her, Marrilee, who took the picture.

Underwater ‘waterfalls’

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Chances are, you’ve never seen anything like this before. This fascinating sight is located in Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It may seem like a terrifying underwater waterfall that could drag you into the ocean’s depths, but it’s actually just an optical illusion created by sand and silt moving in a specific way on the ocean floor. Even though it’s not real, imagine swimming or boating over it… I think I’ll pass!

Real ‘mermaids’ of the ocean

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Sailors have been reporting mermaid sightings for centuries. While they were likely seeing something in the sea, it probably wasn’t a sexy human-fish combination. Some sightings might have actually been beluga whales, native to Arctic waters. These whales have unique features like white skin and no dorsal fin. But their odd, knee-like formations that resemble human knees is probably why they keep getting mistaken for mermaids.

Nightmare road

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What would you do if, during a late-night drive, your car suddenly stopped working on this eerie road? It looks like something straight out of a nightmare! Planted by the Stuart family in the 1700s as an entrance to their estate, Gracehill House, these trees line Bregagh Road in Northern Ireland. As years passed, their branches intertwined, forming this spooky sight. In case you see this in a horror movie, you’ll know exactly where it is!

Only-known photo of historical giant crocodile

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Way back in 1957, a female crocodile hunter named Krystina Pawlowski bagged this massive 28-foot crocodile in Queensland! Pawlowski, a Polish immigrant who settled in Australia, became known for her crocodile-hunting skills. The local media couldn’t get enough of her; she was a stylish blonde who rocked outback khakis and bright red lipstick. Pawlowski’s one-shot kill of this enormous crocodile made headlines, earning her the nickname One Shot. The crocodile’s extraordinary size drew worldwide attention, as such giants are rare in Queensland. Pawlowski’s feat even secured her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records!

Last photo alive

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Have you ever seen a look of pure fear like this before? This marmot knows it’s about to become the fox’s dinner, and sadly, it was right. This was the last photo taken of said marmot. On the other hand,  the fox’s cubs got a little snack! The photo was captured by Yongqing Bao, a Chinese photographer who won the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award from the London National History Museum in 2019.

Bike for your life

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While this photo and news stories might suggest otherwise, bear attacks on humans are actually rare. In the remote parts of Alaska, people are more likely to succumb to bee stings or snake bites than to be attacked by a bear. Yet, we tend to fear bears more than bees and snakes. Humans have a primal fear of being eaten by wild animals like bears, perhaps a leftover instinct from our pioneer days. Nonetheless, whenever we venture into the natural habitat of wild animals, particularly apex predators, we must stay alert and avoid behaviors that might provoke an attack—such as biking.

This little piggy fell from a truck

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Freedom! Let’s name this pig Wilbur, inspired by the one in “Charlotte’s Web” who also wanted to avoid the slaughterhouse. It seems Wilbur saw an opportunity to escape from a packed livestock truck bound for the market. We don’t know what happened afterward, but we hope this little piggy learned to roll out of harm’s way, or he might have ended up as flattened ham on the highway.

Tree of goats

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In Morocco, it’s not the goats that stand out, but the trees. The Argania tree is rare and grows nuts that local goats adore. They’ll climb to the highest branches to reach these tasty treats. Goats are great climbers and very sure-footed. Their mountain cousins scale tall cliffs on narrow ledges, so climbing average-sized trees is easy for them. Since goats stick together in herds, once one spots an Argania tree, the rest follow, filling the tree with goats.

Bird’s eye view

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Mount Vesuvius, which famously buried Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 AD, has erupted multiple times. It’s the only mainland European volcano that has erupted in modern history. The last major eruption occurred in March 1944, wiping out four nearby villages. During this eruption, some U.S. Army Air Force planes stationed in Terzigno were damaged, but not the B-25 bombers, who quite literally got a ‘bird’s eye view’ of the eruption.

A hermit crab’s DIY shell

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Unlike many sea creatures, hermit crabs don’t have their own shells. Instead, they inhabit shells they find or, as shown here, any available object they can squeeze into. Here, a human skull makes a snug home for a hermit crab. But it’s probably just a temporary setup. As the crab grows, it needs a bigger shell. It seeks out empty shells or other objects to move into before leaving its current one. Since empty shells can be scarce, hermit crabs may fight over them. We’re not sure if this one emerged victorious or not.

Mammatus clouds

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These distinct clouds are known as mammatus clouds, or mammary clouds, because they look like animal udders. They form when cold air descends and forms pockets in warm air. Mammatus clouds usually appear alongside anvil clouds, cumulonimbus clouds, and cirrus clouds, often after thunderstorms. They’ve also been linked to volcanic ash clouds. William Clement Ley was the first to observe this cloud pattern in 1894. Mammatus clouds can be hazardous for pilots as they form in downward air currents.

A friend in need is a friend indeed

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We can all use a friendship like the one these seagulls had. A bald eagle has caught a seagull and is trying to fly away with its meal, but the seagull’s buddy is fighting to rescue it. Bald eagles are known as the majestic symbol of the United States, but they’re also skilled hunters. They hunt and eat small to medium-sized animals and other birds. They’re so good at flying that they can catch prey while airborne. Sadly, seagulls are an easy and delicious snack. We just wish we knew how this story ended.

Only known brown panda in the world

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Aw, poor Qizai! Other pandas bullied him for his different color and his mom left him when he was just a baby. Some kind of gene mix-up gave Qizai brown and white fur instead of the usual black and white. Actually, Qizai is the only brown panda we know of. Luckily, people found him and brought him to the Foping Panda Valley in China where he’s safe and doing well. Now he’s seven, and the caretakers want to find him a partner.

‘End of the world’ sunset

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Check out this amazing photo of storm clouds and a gorgeous sunset over Moscow. It’s fascinating how water vapor can create such massive and majestic clouds in the sky. These clouds mean there’s a storm on the way or just passed through Moscow. It’s the sunlight hitting them that makes it look like something straight out of a movie scene.

Enormous manta ray

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Wow, this manta ray is huge! It’s about as big as manta rays get. Rays are strange sea animals. They have triangular shapes and glide through the water. You usually find them in warm waters. Manta rays are at risk of becoming endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Pollution, fishing for Chinese medicine, and fishing nets are the main dangers to these magnificent creatures. Sadly, many manta rays get caught in fishing nets and die, like the big one in this picture.

The Catatumbo lightning

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There’s a unique weather event that happens only in one place on Earth, at the mouth of the Catatumbo River in Venezuela. This incredible lightning show occurs around 140 to 160 nights each year, and during those times, you can see the lightning for up to ten hours, with more than 250 strikes every hour. The lightning comes from storms gathering energy as winds move over Maracaibo Lake and the nearby marshes. With mountains surrounding the area on three sides, the air gets pushed upward, gathering electrical charges along the way. This part of Venezuela experiences the most consistent lightning activity anywhere on the planet.

Choose your fighter

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In this photo, we see how snakes can kill using two methods: venom and constriction. Some snakes, like the King cobra, rattlesnake, coral snake, black mamba, and saw-scaled viper, use venom to kill by biting and injecting poison into their prey. They strike fast. Others, like the Python and boa constrictor, coil around their prey and squeeze until blood flow to vital organs stops. So, which method is more effective? Both the King cobra and Python in this picture end up hurt, so I’d say it’s a tie.

Rare black jaguar

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To have spotted black jaguar cubs, both parent jaguars need to be spotted black as well. Their fur is a beautiful golden color with deep black spots. People used to think black jaguars were a separate kind of jaguar, but now scientists see them as just a different color of the same animal. Jaguars are closely related to panthers and leopards, and they’re all part of the big cat family, which also includes lions and tigers. Like their relatives, black jaguars are skilled hunters and can be dangerous.

Electrocuted tree

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Ben Franklin showed that lightning is electricity moving through the air. In this photo by Darren Pearson, we can see the electricity’s strength. Pearson said he took this picture with a long exposure, capturing how the electricity moved through the tree and into the ground. The changing colors show us the electricity getting weaker after it hits the ground. Some online critics say this photo is fake, edited to change the lightning’s color and pattern. But whether it’s true or not, it’s still a stunning image.

Cats are smarter than dogs

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Look at this smart cat hiding from those Doberman pinschers! Dobermans might seem scary, but they’re actually friendly with cats, kids, and other dogs. People think Dobermans are dangerous because of how Hollywood shows them as fierce and aggressive. They were made in Germany in the late 1800s to be guard dogs for tax collectors carrying lots of cash. They’re good at guarding, but that just means they’ll protect their human and cat family too.

A rare friendship

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It’s pretty gutsy to hand-feed a polar bear, but that’s exactly what these Soviet soldiers did. This photo was taken in the Chukchi Peninsula in the Soviet Union. It gets really cold there, sometimes dropping to 25 degrees below zero, and the snow can get so deep that animals have trouble finding food. This mama polar bear and her cubs were starving until the soldiers gave them tin cans of condensed milk, which they had plenty of. The mama bear licked the milk from the cans and shared some with her cubs. Being close to starving might have made this polar bear less aggressive. A mother polar bear protecting her cubs is one of the most dangerous animals on the planet.

Morning glory clouds

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These clouds might look fake, but morning glory clouds are a genuine and unusual weather phenomenon that usually happens in the southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria, found in Northern Australia. These clouds form from low-level waves in the atmosphere that turn into rolls or waves. From late September to early November, people in Burketown, where this picture was taken, often see these strange clouds. This area draws in visitors, weather experts, nature photographers, and glider pilots who all want to witness these unique clouds.

Polar rabbits

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The arctic hare has evolved special changes to survive the icy cold better than its relatives down south. One big change is its fur color. In summer, it’s brownish-gray to blend in, but in winter, it turns pure white to hide in the snow. Compared to other rabbits, the arctic hare has a smaller body size, which helps it keep warm. Its shorter legs and stout body hold in more heat. Plus, its paws have furry pads to help it grip the ice.

How a tornado is born

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This image shows how a thin funnel cloud turns into a full-blown tornado. It starts small and swirling but ends up as a destructive twister. Even though it looks frightening, this tornado isn’t as massive or lethal as it could be. The Fujita Scale rates tornado intensity from F-1 to F-5 based on the damage they cause to buildings and trees. Meteorologists inspect the damage on the ground or from aircraft to determine a tornado’s rating.

The Milky Way and The Pyramids of Giza

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The Milky Way galaxy, our home, looks like a milky path in the sky because it’s a barred spiral galaxy. People from long ago made up stories about it. Egyptians thought it was a stream of milk from the cow goddess, Bat, who was in charge of making things fertile. The Milky Way looks milky because there are so many stars that they all look like one big glowing line of light and dust.

Look again, this is just one pic

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The lake’s perfectly straight line makes this photo seem like two images instead of one. It’s a breathtaking scene! Picture driving along this winding road, with those huge mountains towering above. And those low-hanging clouds add to the charm. Mountains and lakes always offer some of the most magnificent views.

The cutest bats ever

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Who says all bats are spooky creatures that haunt caves and scare people? These cute Honduran white bats are changing that stereotype with their fluffy, adorable looks. They’re one of just six bat species that are all white. Unlike other bats, they don’t hang out in dark caves or creepy attics. Instead, they make their own shelters using plant leaves as tents. And don’t worry, they won’t bite you – these bats only eat fruit.

Supercell storm

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You can really feel the force of this storm. It’s a supercell thunderstorm, known for its intense, rotating updrafts. We often see these storms in the Plains states, like in Kansas where this impressive one was snapped. They’re also common in the Tornado Corridor, found in parts of South America like Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina. Supercell storms can affect the weather up to twenty miles away and can last for about four hours.

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