From halos of light in appearance to lakes the color of bubblegum, nature always finds a way to amaze us and remind us that sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Colors, shapes and textures form in the least expected places, so much so that it seems to have to be seen to be believed.
in The bright side we never stop being surprised by the creativity of nature, so we collect the phenomena that make us see with surprise what the natural environment offers us.
1. Crooked Forest in Poland
Crooked Forest is a grove of pine trees that have a trunk that bends right at ground level, forming a curve. It is believed that the trees grew this way thanks to human engineering or that it was the result of a snowstorm. To this day, however, it remains a mystery why in this area of the village of Nowe Czarnowo the pines curve to the north.
2. The Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia
Although it looks like the girl in the photo is standing in the clouds, she is actually in the Salar de Uyuni, the largest in the world, with more than 10 thousand square kilometers of surface. Inside there is a reserve of 9 million tons of lithium and other minerals. But one of its biggest attractions is that after rain it acquires an impressive mirror effect that reflects the sky of the mountains.
3. Frozen bubbles on Lake Baikal
Frozen methane bubbles are found in Lake Baikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This lake is the largest, oldest and deepest in the world, which is why it contains more than 20% of the planet’s fresh water. In winter, the methane bubbles freeze, making it the only known lake that contains solid methane.
4. The fire of San Telmo
The fire of San Telmo is a luminosity that originates from the electrical discharges of the atmosphere. It looks like a bright glow and there is often a buzzing sound. It appears mainly during thunderstorms or volcanic eruptions and is often seen near the tips of airplane wings or on the edges of pointed objects such as church steeples.
Also known as pillars of light, they may look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but they have their reason for being. They are seen as beams of light rising into the sky and have even been linked to the presence of UFOs in the past. But in reality, this optical illusion occurs when millions of ice crystals descend to the ground; when illuminated by the light of the lamps, a sort of luminous column is formed.
6. Volcanoes under ice in Antarctica and Iceland
Scientists have recently discovered the presence of 91 volcanoes in Antarctica, which may reveal that it is one of the largest volcanic regions on Earth. But minus volcanoes are not just for the South Pole, as one of the most famous places in the world to see volcanoes under glaciers is Iceland National Park, where there are 8 volcanoes under the ice.
A lunar rainbow is an optical effect that occurs when light from the moon refracts through tiny droplets of water in the air. The amount of light produced by the moon is much less than that of the sun, so it is more difficult to see a lunar rainbow than a solar one. To the human eye, these rainbows appear white, but with long exposure photography, it is possible to capture all the colors.
Red tide or harmful algal blooms occur when colonies of algae grow rapidly, causing the sea surface to take on a reddish hue. Some of these algae are harmful to humans and marine life, but this is not always the case.
The Broken Ghost, also called the Mountain Ghost, is the seemingly huge shadow cast by a person. Occurs when the sun shines behind the subject facing a foggy or cloudy landscape, causing the light to cast the climber’s shadow through the fog.
The increased size of the shadow is an optical illusion that appears to form an arc around the shadow. This apparent halo of color is the result of sunlight reflecting off the tiny water droplets.
10. Lake Hillier in Australia
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Lake Hillier, located on Middle Island, offers an unusual view of a salty pink body of water. Although the reason for its color is still not completely clear, it is believed to be the presence of microalgae Dunalielawhich produces a pigment found in carrots may be to blame.
On the other hand, the reaction of the sodium bicarbonate in the water with the haloarcha located in the salt crusts may also play a role in the pigmentation of the lake.
11. Bioluminescence in marine habitats
Bioluminescence is light that is produced by a chemical reaction in a living organism. We find it mainly in marine species, such as fish, jellyfish and bacteria. While some organisms are bioluminescent by producing luciferin, the compound that produces light, some simply absorb it from other species, either as food or in a symbiotic relationship.
12. Pearly clouds
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Polar stratospheric clouds are characterized by their unique pastel hues. Although rare these days, they can be found mainly at high latitudes during winter when water vapor enters the stratosphere and temperatures are low enough to condense there. Its iridescent colors are produced by sunlight shining through the ice particles.
13. Desert roses
Desert rose is a stone with flattened crystals that form the apparent petals of a flower, but is actually a formation of gypsum or barite crystals, with abundant grains of sand. It is possible to find them as a single “flower” or in clusters, and they can be as small as a pea and up to 10 centimeters in diameter, although groups of these rocks have been found up to a meter high.
14. Richat structure in Mauritania
The incredible Eye of the Sahara was first photographed by Gemini program astronauts, who used it as a reference point to track the progress of their landing sequences. Although this round rock formation looks like the result of a meteorite impact, it is believed to have formed when the supercontinent Pangea broke up and gave way to the Atlantic Ocean.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go to see nature’s most impressive creations?