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Despite the fact that Mother Nature can be frightening at times, she never fails to amaze us with the things she has to offer. A nice relaxing walk in the great outdoors can be full of surprises when we come across things we never really expect to find. For some of the most surprising, weird, and downright funny things people found in the outside world, read on!
A Frozen Windscreen
When we have to leave our car outside overnight in the winter, we are well aware of how difficult it will be to defrost the windshield in the morning. An ice scraper will work, but it will take a lot of effort, time, and frozen fingers to get the job done. Using the defrost function on the car is also effective, but it takes time and consumes too much gas in the process. But every now and then, we are fortunate enough to witness something as spectacular as the one shown in this photograph.
This looks like there are people in a boat, on a lake, with a frozen landscape behind! It looks like the most beautiful, peaceful, serene arctic landscape!
Fancy Rug-Looking Frost Pattern
We need an explanation of how this pattern formed. To us, it looks like an icy pattern that formed during what seems to have been an insect dance-off. Or maybe they went sledding? It really looks like something tiny was having a great time over this windshield. It would make a beautiful lace design for fabric for sure. What's interesting here is that it has formed much like how a plant grows.
To us, it is fascinating how something seemingly lifeless like ice, grows in the same pattern as some plants do. Nature works in mysterious ways.
Where The Rainbow Ends
The rainbow is widely considered as one of nature's most beautiful phenomena, and with good reason. When sunlight strikes water droplets, it causes a flash of light, which explains why it occurs most frequently during rainfall. Because rainbows are so rare and brief in their appearance, people are likely to miss the opportunity to capture the moment. This time, one lucky person managed to capture what looks like the end of the rainbow.
The spot in the road where it ends looks like it's bright gold, which makes this even more magical! Maybe that's where the pot of gold is.
The petals of this camellia flower are so fascinating. Its exact name is Camellia Japonica Rachele Odero, a hybrid created in Genoa, Italy, at the end of the 19th century. This is one lucky photo, because camellias take their time to bloom. They're very picky, too — they need acidic soil and thrive in a wet climate. Looking at this perfection makes us wonder if humans can ever compete with nature.
Some people on the internet might not believe it is real. They might say it isn't realistic, because it's too perfect. It really is remarkable!
Thumbs Up For This Cat
Looks like this little fella has a few extra toes on each paw. He's a polydactyl cat, a phenomenon that occurs due to a congenital physical anomaly. Usually, cats are born with a total of 18 toes, with five toes on each forepaw and four toes on each hind paw; polydactyl cats, on the other hand, can be born with as many as nine digits on either their front or hind paws. Nevertheless, they are still adorable.
If this poor cat is homeless, we hope someone ends up adopting him. Just look at those eyes!
This Cat Isn't Having It
Cat parents out there know pretty well that their fur babies don’t want to be touched in a certain place; their belly and the area around it. So they can expose their beautiful belly to entice us, only to scratch us to a bloody pulp if we dare to touch it. This fella made things perfectly clear for everyone with the word No written clearly in his fur. Thanks for telling it like it is, kitty.
We just hope the word Yes is written on the other side. Some say their cats speak to them, and this guy is taking it to a whole other level.
5 Day Old Hedgehogs
Hedgehogs can give birth to tiny prickly cuties following a four to six-week gestation. When they reproduce, their litters typically consist of four to seven offspring at a time. Their little babies adorable looking babies are born weighing less than 1 ounce, and are referred to as "hoglets" or "piglets." Interestingly, hedgehog quills, or pointy bits, are composed of keratin, similar to the substance found in human nails. Moreover, a hedgehog's body can contain up to 6,000 quills.
These are adorable little prickly balls of precious. Honestly, they look like chestnuts. Don't try to eat them, though.
This Beachy Geode
It is unbelievable what Mother Nature can make when she sets her mind to it. This naturally formed beauty looks like a piece of art we'd see in a souvenir shop. It reminds us of The Truman Show when Jim Carrey's character finds the 'sky' and starts tearing it. We would love to know the science of how this was created — the colors and lines are so perfect.
Upside down, it looks like a small island under a cloudy sky. And there’s also a flying saucer or what appears to be a rip in the space-time continuum.
A Gentleman Cat Burglar
This stray cat is the most stylish looking feline we've ever seen with its perfect white mustache. There's a gold pocket watch concealed under the fluff, or he may have misplaced his monocle, we're sure. That snipped ear tip is the universal sign that the cat has been spayed/neutered and vaccinated by a local strays organization, which makes it even more gentlemanly. The cats are properly anesthetized for the spay/neuter and the ear clip. They are also kept in a clinic or shelter and cared for until they are completely healed.
We’re guessing this gentleman cat meows like Sean Connery, and he lost his ears in a swordfight with an evil villain.
Is This Rhododendron Trying To Run Off?
Is it a Rhododendron tree or a RUNdodendron tree? For some reason, we can see it running down the road going "meep meep." Maybe Nature called and the tree had to run off. One reason why it is running could be that Rhododendron can be an invasive species. It's a real problem in some European forests. It will outcompete in the lower canopy and prevent young trees from growing.
Some people might say the tree is running, and others could disagree. However, we just think Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy finally got a makeover.
A Fish Inside A Tree Trunk
Oh, so that's how fish sticks are made! We are amazed at how nature imitates, well, nature. It looks so surreal, but it is in fact real. Eagles and bears will sometimes drop fish in the woods, and maybe one of them sprouted? We kid, of course, but this fish pattern is better than anything we could draw. We're sorry they cut down this tree, but we wouldn't have seen this neat pattern otherwise.
We have just one question to ask after seeing this. How can we not turn this into a coffee table?
Someone Give These Ants A Hand
Here are some ants carrying a glove up a lamp. We wish we knew what they were doing with it, though. Scientists are studying why ants are attracted to some plastics that do not contain food or any nutrients. Maybe they're collecting different items to one day use as protection against us humans. It's not like they could go into a shop and buy human repellent, right? If only.
Honestly, that must take an amazing amount of teamwork. If we humans could harness that, we'd get so much more done.
A Cat With One Curly Whisker
Oh, this is a bit too much cuteness for our hearts to handle. We’ve often read that cats have nine lives, but we did not know they could have curly whiskers. This is a first for us and we are truly in awe of it. Maybe this cat uses its curly whisker to pick locks. Or who knows, maybe it is not a whisker at all; the aliens abducted the actual cat and replaced it with an intruder that has an antenna.
We hope no one tries to pull that whisker out; that will be their last day on earth.
This Kitty Has Way Too Many Toes
That's a precious amount of toe beans. Seriously, this is cuteness overloaded. It reminds us of the old tale that if you keep a six-toed cat for a year and a day, they will grant you a wish. So what about keeping a cat that has 24 toes? So do 4, 6 toed paws mean 4 wishes then? Or 4 years and 4 days until they grant a wish? We have so many questions!!!
We also have another important question to ask. Does this cat have 24 claws? More claws mean more havoc.
This Bumble Bee Lined Up Perfectly With The Stitches on This Shoe
Here is the perfect balance of weird and interesting. This bumblebee is clearly in love with Doc Martens, and decided to give them a hug. There are actually approximately 255 different kinds of the fuzzy insects, and their wings beat at a rate of 130 or more times per second. That's a lot. If they need to relax while hugging a leather boot, so be it. They deserve a rest.
Argentina and Chile have the largest bumblebee breeds, which is kind of terrifying. Do they like shoes as well?
A Gigantic Homegrown Cabbage
Here is a giant cabbage bigger than a fully-grown man. We're wondering if this is a gigantic cabbage walking on two legs? If we're being honest here, we think a giant cabbage grew a human, rather than the other way around. Think of how many salads you could make with a cabbage this big. Does this person specialize in gigantic veggies, or was this a one-off? We wonder.
With a cabbage so big such as this one, there will be no shortage of coleslaw for an entire year.
This Spider Web Looks Like A CD
The new generation that listens to music on iTunes, Spotify, and other platforms doesn't know about know much about CDs. To them, it is an obsolete technology. To us, it is about memories. We can still remember the good old days. It seems like this spider is also old-school and uses CDs to play its favorite tuns. Maybe the spider's favorite composer is Andrew Lloyd Webber. Honestly, our brain refuses to accept this as anything but a CD.
We're impressed with this spider's handiwork for sure, and wonder how long it took them to build this.
No Quacking Way!
This tomato looks exactly like a rubber duck. We have never seen a tomato that is quite as spectacular as this one. It would make quite a statement during a dinner party. Can we call it Duckato? If that doesn’t seem like a good name, we can go with Tomaduck. We just hope they didn’t try to squeeze this tomato. And if they did, we can imagine it squeaked.
We also want to know if they used this tomato to make duck sauce? It's just too cute to eat, in our opinion.
A Rainbow Made of Eggs
Here we can see chicken eggs come in different sizes and colors, and they serve as an excellent example of what real, unfiltered nature looks like. Different breeds of chicken lay different colored eggs. For instance, Araucana chickens lay mainly blue eggs. The oocyan gene is responsible for the blue color of Araucana eggs, which are the bluest eggs known. Rhode Island Reds lay the darker brown eggs and various other breeds and crosses produce other colors.
Nature is just so weird sometimes. We wonder if these eggs taste different, too!
Red Corn From Georgia
Jimmy Red Corn, which was initially planted by Native Americans, has since established itself as a staple red field corn in the states of Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas. This item gained popularity thanks to cooks in South Carolina, where it is a preferred ingredient in cornmeal, grits, and superb cornbread, among other dishes. When Jimmy Red is in the milking stage, it turns yellow. However, it turns a deep red color as it matures, adding gorgeous crimson flakes to the finished ground product.
Is anyone wondering how it tastes? Well, it has a rich, sweet flavor that is considered the gold standard for red corn.
What's For Lunch?
Here's a bear who seems like he's on lunch break in a world where bears rule everyone and humans are animals (oh, that is kind of true). He looks sad because he wants to join people's picnics and they keep running away from him. That’s why the poor guy just ends up stress eating after everyone runs away. It also looks like he may be tagged on his right ear. Likely to denote he’s a nuisance bear.
We’re pretty sure this bear later calmly walked over to the Porta-Potty and took care of his business and walked away…on two legs.
A Blue-Tailed Skink
The blue-tailed skink is a small, thin lizard with a beautiful blue tail. When threatened, the skink can lose its tail, and the bright blue coloration is supposed to divert a predator's attention away from the rest of the skink's body and towards the tail. As these lizards grow older and develop into adults, their coloration will change as well. For instance, when it reaches adulthood, its tail will no longer be blue, but the stripes on its head will turn bright red.
When it comes to females, the contrast between the body colors diminishes, and the tail changes from vivid blue color to a grayish blue color. Males have a brownish body and tail color that is distinguished by vertical stripes that go away over time. While mating, the males' heads and necks turn orange-red, which is characteristic of the species.
A Lightning Mark
This is a Lichtenberg figure on the side of the pavement. It happened due to a lightning strike. It's fascinating how it resembles a tree. It's very fascinating how this pattern appears in many places in nature such as lightning strikes, coral, trees, blood vessels, river deltas, watershed basins. We think this pattern or effect is called dendritic. Where something branches out and takes the path of least resistance.
Fortunately, this is not near Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela, which is the place where the most lightning strikes occur on the planet. A total of 140-160 nights every year have massive thunderstorms, which produce an average of 28 lightning strikes per minute and can last for up to 10 hours at a time. Over 40,000 lightning strikes can occur in a single night.
The Ghost Deer
Color variation in white-tailed deer is one of the most rare and difficult to come across. The ghost deer is totally white due to a lack of melanin, a natural pigment found in most species, which causes them to appear completely white. It is a recessive trait, and, like humans, only roughly one in every 20,000 mammals are albino. Albinism is a condition that occurs throughout the animal kingdom and is characterized by a complete lack of pigment in the body. White is the color of the fur, feathers, and skin.
Albinos and piebalds are at a distinct disadvantage in the wild because of their odd coloring. It is because predators and hunters have an easier time seeing white deer since they lack their typical protective coloring, making them more apparent.
The World's Most Dangerous Plant
One seemingly innocuous-looking plant conceals a deadly secret: a single touch of its leaves is enough to cause agonizing pain for months on end with no relief. The Dendrocnide Moroides is referred to as "the world's most dangerous plant," with its venom rendering even morphine ineffectual in combating its effects. The Stinging Bush, Gympie Gympie, and Queensland Stinger are all names for this shrub. The "suicide plant" is another name for this plant.
When a passerby brushes up against the tree, the needles can inject venom into their skin, resulting in excruciating pain that can endure for months. And OF COURSE, IT IS IN AUSTRALIA.
A Swirly Dandelion
This perfectly swirly dandelion is so artistically attractive that it's nearly hypnotic in its beauty. Those curls seem to continue indefinitely. Many of our readers are unaware that the dandelion is the only flower that can be used to represent all three celestial bodies: the sun, the moon, and the constellations. The golden flower represents the sun, the moon is represented by the puff ball, and the stars are represented by the dispersed seeds.
Moreover, the dandelion flower blooms in the morning to greet the sun and closes in the evening to prepare for sleep.
A Perfectly Round Rock
How can a rock be so round? It could be a golf ball from prehistoric times. Or it could be a round cannon shot. Basically, small cannon balls were used between 15th & 17th centuries until rocks were replaced by iron. We recommend this person to put it in a basket or give it to a professional golfer. It reminds us of a Mouse ball, ah those days of computers.
Some could say that it is a forbidden jawbreaker. Seriously, the urge to eat it is strong. One thing we know for sure is that penguins would love this rock as if it was one of their own.
Adorable Little Birdy
This little cutie is a hermit thrush. They have the best summer call. An enigmatic songbird that lives in the shadows of far northern woodlands, the Hermit Thrush spends summer and winter in different parts of the country. Hermit Thrushes have a variety of calls that they use to communicate around their nests. A rising sound, similar to that of a canary call or a meowing kitten, can be heard from time to time.
Hermit Thrushes are rarely seen in backyards and do not frequently visit bird feeders. That’s why it is quite amazing how calmly this bird is sitting on a human’s hand.
A Clump Of Blueberries
Nothing beats the flavor of fresh wild blueberries in the summertime. Blueberries are nutritional powerhouses that contain some of the highest quantities of antioxidants found in any food, making them a must-have for any diet. One antioxidant in particular, anthocyanin, is responsible for the rich blue-purple color of the flowers and leaves. Anthocyanins are concentrated in the skin of the berry. Regular consumption has been linked to cardiovascular health and brain and eye health.
It looks like a fairy painted these blueberries. Whenever anyone gets a chance, they need to grow some blueberries. The more the better is what we believe in when it comes to blueberries.
One Big Leaf: Wife For Scale
So they used a human for scale, but where is the banana? Maybe the banana is taking a photo. Either the leaf is super big or the wife is super small. The wife could be 1’1” tall. Honestly, we don't know what's more beautiful: the leaf or the woman in this picture. Both look gorgeous. However, we have a strong feeling that this person shrunk his wife just for this picture.
Anyone remembers the 1989 movie Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The husband is also in this picture, he’s holding the leaf.
A Rock That Looks Like A Dragon's Head
No amount of meteorology can explain why we see animals, monsters, and humans in the clouds; instead, it has everything to do with the mechanics of how the human brain works. We are just as likely to see familiar objects in toast, trees, or Cheetos as we are in any other food item. This is referred to as pareidolia, and it is a result of the unique way in which our brains process visual information. Take an example of this rock that looks like a dragon’s head.
Sometimes we see images in stuff that are not real. So is it just a rock or a severed head of a dragon? So who knows maybe they found Godzilla’s head, right?
A Veiled Lady Mushroom
The bridal veil stinkhorn, also known as phalllus indusiatus, is known by a variety of names. The majority of them pertain to the fine, white netting that drops from the mushroom's cap to the forest floor, which has been referred to as a net, veil, or petticoat by some. Throughout the world, from the Amazon to Southern China, the bridal veil stinkhorn can be found growing in tropical habitats. It can reach a height of 25 cm. It is composed of a brown cap, a hollow shaft, and netting that is specific to the species. It is one of the few edible stinkhorns that can be found.
Something tells us that picking this mushroom could result in supernatural vengeance. And why does it look like one of the plants from Guardians of The Galaxy, just a different color.
A Salt Crystal Someone Grew At Home
Yes, it is true. People can grow salt at home. And no, it doesn't require mommy salt and daddy to love each other. It is possible to produce salt crystals using the technique of "slowly evaporating the saturated saline solution." Although it appears to be quite basic and straightforward to hear, it is vital to control the evaporation process in order to make crystals that are extremely transparent and big.
In case of the failure of the evaporation process, the crystals may become foggy or even melt, and the presence of fine particles may allow a clean rectangular parallelepiped to emerge from 'small clusters of crystals.'
Elrathia Kingii Fossil
This is Elrathia Kingii, one of the most common trilobite fossils. The Elrathia Kingii trilobite fossils from the Cambrian period are among the most easily recognized and common fossils on the planet. Their presence in large proportions can be detected in particular layers of the Wheeler shale in the state of Utah. The morphology of their mouthpieces and body suggests that they were particle feeders that scavenged the ocean floor.
One noteworthy characteristic of Elrathia is that they can be found in environments where oxygen levels are lower than those necessary by most organisms.
A Red-Bellied Woodpecker
This grandpa took a picture when a red-bellied woodpecker landed on his leg. We're wondering if maybe the grandpa is a wooden-legged pirate. After all, why would a woodpecker choose a human leg? The black and white zebra stripe pattern on their backs and the red belly of red-bellied woodpeckers distinguish them from other woodpeckers. Forests and woodlands are part of their natural habitat, and if you live in or near a forest area, you can attract them by placing suet feeders near your home.
Woodpeckers' natural environment includes woodlands, where they prefer to nest in rotting cavities of dead trees, although they can also be found in trees with softer wood such as elms, maples, and willows. They dig nest chambers with holes 22-32 cm deep and a cylindrical nesting space ranging in size from 9-113 cm in diameter.
This Lemon Wanted To Be A Carrot
When life gives lemons, make something different out of it. This weird lemon grew up a lot different than its brothers and sisters. We like how they gave us an average looking lemon for comparison, in case we weren't sure what lemons usually look like. Lemon on the left must be saying: "Look, son, I know you are going through a rebellious phase, but this could damage your health."
Someone could say that this is a lemon pepper and we might agree with them. Maybe a pepper plant had an affair with a lemon tree.
Large Pumpkins On The Freeway
This is what happens when Cinderella does online shopping. It seems like she is a bit confused. Honestly, we are waiting to see photos of the pie made from these pumpkins. That little puny one in the middle is somewhat embarrassed and the one on the right looks a bit squashed. While these pumpkins are big, they are nothing compared to the giant pumpkin which an Italian man grew in 2021.
An Italian farmer broke the world record for the heaviest pumpkin with a specimen that weighed in at 1,226 kilograms (2,702 lb 13.9 oz). It is about the weight of a Nissan Micra car or about 17.5 men.
The Sand In Tahoe City Is Magnetic
Is the sand in Tahoe City, California really magnetic? That is, at least, what one iPhone user thought. What the user didn't realize was that the MagSafe technology separated the iron from the sand, giving the impression that the sand possessed magnetic characteristics. Aside from MagSafe, the iPhone's interior is densely packed with magnets, particularly between the speakers and the image stabilizers in the cameras.
Some might say that the casinos in Tahoe are magnetic and stick to your money, too.
Tiny Octopus Inside A Seashell
The cunning but strange octopuses seem to encapsulate everything eerie and mysterious about the water. The Kraken and the Caribbean Lusca were both inspired by the idea of octopuses lurking in the depths of the ocean. But that doesn’t seem true when we see this tiny octopus. The person who found it has excellent awareness skills and the octopus has excellent camouflage skills. This is the cutest octopus we have ever seen – our weak hearts cannot take it.
It’s very fascinating to see such a small octopus. Here is a fun fact about octopuses. They have three hearts; two hearts transport blood and the third maintains circulation to the organs.
A Driveway Tomato
Here’s a big punch to the face of all those unlucky people who tried their best to grow tomatoes the right way. Ah, those ungrateful tomatoes had premium potting soil, adequate water, and fertilizer and never turned red. Bless Mother Nature’s wonderful courage and thanks for allowing the tomato plant to grow to its full like cycle. They look like delicious tiny tomatoes, a healthy snack on the way to work.
Through concrete and clay and general decay, nature will still find a way (wow, that rhymed). We really want to know about the taste of these tomatoes.